Buffon's 50 clean sheets: Champions League's top goalkeepers

Gianluigi Buffon reached another UEFA Champions League landmark on Tuesday; how does he rank among the best?

Gianluigi Buffon kept his 50th UEFA Champions League clean sheet (group stage to final) as Paris won 2-0 at Manchester United yesterday, but he is not the undisputed No1 among the No1s just yet.

Goalkeepers: Most European Cup appearances

European Cup (ECCC)/UEFA Champions League (UCL) games including qualifying; Totals in brackets is group stage to final only.

Appearances/player

Final wins Goals conceded Clean sheets* Goals conceded per game
178 (174): Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Porto) 3 198 (196) 59 (57) 1.11 (1.13)
129 (121): Gianluigi Buffon (Parma, Juventus, Paris) 0 123 (116) 53 (50) 0.95 (0.96)
111 (111): Petr Čech (Sparta, Chelsea, Arsenal) 1 103 (103) 49 (49) 0.93 (0.93)
110 (106): Víctor Valdes (Barcelona) 3 90 (89) 48 (45) 0.82 (0.84)
109 (77): Olexandr Shovkovskiy (Dynamo Kyiv) 0 145 (114) 28 (16) 1.33 (1.48)
107 (103): Oliver Kahn (Bayern München) 1 106 (104) 35 (33) 0.99 (1.01)
100 (98): Edwin van der Sar* (Ajax, Juventus, Man. United) 2 79 (79) 53 (51) 0.79 (0.81)
100 (98): Manuel Neuer (Schalke, Bayern München) 1 94 (94) 39 (37) 0.94 (0.96)
81 (69): Pepe Reina (Barcelona, Villarreal, Liverpool, Napoli) 0 82 (78) 32 (24) 1.01 (1.13)
76 (72): Dida (AC Milan) 2 59 (56) 37 (35) 0.78 (0.78)

*Clean sheets include partial games: e.g. Lehmann's in the first 18 minutes of the 2006 UCL final

Van der Sar (Ajax 1995 and United 2008) is the only goalkeeper to have won the ECCC/UCL with two teams.

Goalkeepers who have played in the most UEFA club competition* games

Casillas is still going strong with Porto
Casillas is still going strong with Porto©Getty Images

185: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Porto)
171: Pepe Reina (Barcelona, Villarreal, Liverpool, Napoli, AC Milan)
164: Gianluigi Buffon (Parma, Juventus, Paris)
143: Olexandr Shovkovskiy (Dynamo Kyiv)
143: Edwin van der Sar (Ajax, Juventus, Fulham, Manchester United)
142: Oliver Kahn (Karlsruhe, Bayern München)
131: Petr Čech (Chmel Blšany, Sparta, Chelsea, Arsenal)
125: Frank Rost (Werder Bremen, Schalke, Hamburg)
118: Víctor Valdes (Barcelona)
116: Jens Lehmann (Schalke, Dortmund, Arsenal, Stuttgart) 

*Includes European Cup/UEFA Champions League (ECCC/UCL), UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Intertoto Cup and European/South American Cup

Goalkeepers who have won the most caps for a UEFA nation

176: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
167: Iker Casillas (Spain)
143: Thomas Ravelli (Sweden)
134: Shay Given (Republic of Ireland)
133: Andreas Isaksson (Sweden)
130= Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands)
130= Peter Jehle (Liechtenstein)
129: Peter Schmeichel (Denmark)
126: Andoni Zubizarreta (Spain)
125: Peter Shilton (England)
124: Petr Čech (Czech Republic)

Goalkeepers who have won the most ECCC/UCL titles

Keylor Navas has won the Champions League three times
Keylor Navas has won the Champions League three times©Getty Images

3= Keylor Navas (Real Madrid 2016, 2017, 2018)
3=
Juan Alonso (Real Madrid 1956, 1957, 1958)
3= Iker Casillas (Real Madrid 2000, 2002, 2014)
3= Ray Clemence (Liverpool 1977, 1978, 1981)
3= Sepp Maier (Bayern München 1974, 1975, 1976)
3= Heinz Stuy* (Ajax 1971, 1972, 1973)
3= Víctor Valdes (Barcelona 2006, 2009, 2011)

*Uniquely, Stuy kept clean sheets in all of his finals

Goalkeepers who have won all three major UEFA club competitions*

Vítor Baía (ECCC/UCL: Porto, 2004, ECWC: Barcelona, 1997, UCUP/UEL: Porto, 2003)
Stefano Tacconi (ECCC/UCL: 1985, Juventus, ECWC: Juventus, 1984, UCUP/UEL: Juventus, 1990)

*Includes European Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

Goalkeepers who have scored the most ECCC/UCL goals

3: Hans-Jörg Butt (Hamburg, Leverkusen, Bayern München)*
2= Vincent Enyeama (Hapoel Tel-Aviv)
2= Dimitar Ivankov (Levski Sofia)
1= Sinan Bolat (Standard Liège)
1= Eloy Casals (Santa Coloma)

*Butt converted penalties against Juventus for three clubs

Youngest goalkeeper to win the ECCC/UCL

Iker Casillas (Real Madrid v Valencia, 2000) – 19 years 4 days

Oldest goalkeeper to win the ECCC/UCL

Van der Sar with the trophy in 2008
Van der Sar with the trophy in 2008©Getty Images

Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United v Chelsea, 2008) – 37 years 205 days

Youngest goalkeeper to play in the ECCC/UCL

Mile Svilar (Benfica v Manchester United, 18/10/17) – 18 years and 52 days

Oldest goalkeeper to play in the ECCC/UCL

Marco Ballotta (Real Madrid v Lazio, 11/12/07) – 43 years and 253 days

Oldest goalkeeper to play in an ECCC/UCL final

Dino Zoff (Hamburg 1-0 Juventus, 1983) – 41 years 86 days

Most consecutive ECCC/UCL clean sheets

9: Jens Lehmann (Arsenal, 09/03/05-17/05/06*)

*Lehmann was dismissed (having not conceded) 18 minutes into the final game of that run – Arsenal's 2006 UEFA Champions League final loss to Barcelona

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