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5 Highest Scoring Goalkeepers in World Football

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Goalkeeper making a crazy save

Goalkeeper making a crazy save

The Life of a Goalkeeper

Goalkeepers have a special role on their team. They are the only ones who can use their hands in football. You can easily tell who the goalkeepers are since their jersey is usually a different color from their teammates.

They have one of the most crucial tasks in the sport of football. They are the last line of defense to prevent the opposing team from scoring a goal. It's a truly underrated and underappreciated position. When a mistake is made by a goalkeeper, there is usually no sympathy.

While goalkeepers are meant to keep the ball away from the goal, and their position is the furthest from the opposing team's goal, they can occasionally score a goal. It is quite a spectacle when it happens. Here are five goalkeepers that have goals in the double digits.

Rene Higuita smiling while saving a ball during training.

Rene Higuita smiling while saving a ball during training.

5. Rene Higuita

  • Nationality: Colombia
  • Career: 1985-2009
  • Career goals: 43
  • Clubs represented: Atlético Nacional, Veracruz, Independiente Medellín, Real Cartagena, Bajo Cauca FC and Deportivo Rionegro.

Rene Higuita is best known for his antics on the field and his unconventional playing style. This earned him the nickname "El Loco" (The Madman). He was the goalkeeper who famously did a scorpion kick to save a ball.

Rene scored most of his goals from free kicks and penalties. With 43 goals to his name, he was definitely the main set piece taker in the teams he represented.

Johnny Vegas Fernandez in action.

Johnny Vegas Fernandez in action.

4. Johnny Vegas

  • Nationality: Peru
  • Career: 1997-2017
  • Career goals: 45
  • Clubs represented: Sport Boys, Union Huaral, Universidad San Martín de Porres, FBC Melgar, Sport Ancash, Cienciano, Alianza Atlético, Club Deportivo Pacífico FC, Defensor San Alejandro and Los Caimanes

Johnny Vegas was Peru's highest scoring goalkeeper with 45 goals to his name. He had 40 goals in the Peruvian first division, 1 goal in the South American Cup and 4 goals in the Peruvian second division.

Vegas has 30 goals from penalty kicks, 9 outfield goals and 6 free kick goals. This truly makes him a set piece expert. Vegas may not have been the most famous, but he did score more than many outfielders.

Jorge Campos in colorful attire

Jorge Campos in colorful attire

3. Jorge Campos

  • Nationality: Mexico
  • Career: 1988-2004
  • Career goals: 46
  • Clubs represented: Pumas UNAM, Atlante and L. A. Galaxy

While Rene Higuita plays as a risky sweeper-keeper, Jorge Campos was known to play outside the penalty area. This is much more dangerous than what Higuita did.

Campos was seen as more of a striker since his speed, ability, athleticism and flamboyant style of play fit a striker's style. Despite being shorter than most goalkeepers, he is widely regarded to be one of the best goalkeepers of all time. In fact, he started out his career as a striker between 1989 to 1991 with Pumas UNAM.

Campos boasts a slightly higher goal record than Johnny Vegas with 46. However, Campos scored most of his goals as a striker. Despite this weird fact, he is still the third highest scoring goalkeeper in the world.

Jose Luis Chilavert celebrating with his teammates.

Jose Luis Chilavert celebrating with his teammates.

2. Jose Luis Chilavert

  • Nationality: Paraguay
  • Career: 1982-2004
  • Career goals: 67
  • Clubs represented: Paraguay, Sportivo Luqueno, Guaraní, Zaragoza, Vélez Sársfield, Strasbourg and Peñarol

The gap between the third highest scoring goalkeeper and the second is a staggering 21 goals. Paraguayan goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert was a fast and agile shot stopper, but he was also a free kick specialist. He scored the majority of his goals while playing for Argentinian club Velez Sarsfield.

Chilavert was the first goalkeeper in the history of football to have scored a hat-trick (three goals in one match), and he has held the record number of international goals with eight goals to his name. He was a key player during Paraguay's qualification for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Chilavert scored four goals during their path of qualification.

He is also the only goalkeeper on this list who has represented clubs in Europe, like Spain's Real Zaragoza and France's Strasbourg.

Rogerio Ceni, the highest scoring goalkeeper in the world.

Rogerio Ceni, the highest scoring goalkeeper in the world.

1. Rogerio Ceni

  • Nationality: Brazil
  • Career: 1990-2015
  • Career goals: 131
  • Clubs represented: Sao Paulo

The highest scoring goalkeeper in the world is Rogerio Ceni. He is one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and he is a one-club man (he played for Sao Paulo for his entire career).

Ceni is recognized by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics as the highest scoring goalkeeper in the world. He had 131 goals throughout his playing career. That is a massive spike from number two on this list.

Ceni was known for being the main set-piece taker with Sao Paulo. He has 61 free kicks and 69 penalties to his name. He holds the record for club goals as well, and he is the second goalkeeper in the world to have scored a hat-trick.

Liverpool Fc's Alisson Becker, scoring the header winner against West Bromwich Albion.

Liverpool Fc's Alisson Becker, scoring the header winner against West Bromwich Albion.

Honorable Mentions

  • Alisson Becker - He scored a crucial injury time header to secure a win for Liverpool FC against West Bromwich Albion in 2021.
  • Paul Robinson - Robinson was known for his long passes. However, one free kick he got during his time in Blackburn Rovers landed him a goal.
  • Tim Howard - The American goalkeeper scored a long-range goal for Everton against Bolton Wanderers.
  • Peter Schmeichel - The father of former Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel scored 11 goals throughout his playing career.
  • Hans-Jorg Butt - The German goalkeeper is one of the highest scoring goalkeepers in the world with 33 goals to his name.
  • Marco Cornez - The Chilean goalkeeper holds the most goals scored by a goalkeeper in Chile with 24 goals.
  • Ignacio Gonzalez - Gonzalez is the highest scoring goalkeeper in the history of La Liga with 14 goals.

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