The game becomes funnier when shot stoppers turn into outfield players.
Goal scoring is a department handled by the outfield players of a team. The goalkeeper is not bestowed with that responsibility. Does that mean he or she is forbidden from scoring goals? Not at all! It’s funny as well as brilliant to see goalkeepers scoring goals. There have been so many instances in the past, where goalkeepers took a penalty or headed the ball past the opposition’s goalkeeper during a last-minute penalty corner.
Here, we have curated a list of top goalscoring goalkeepers in the history of football. They may not be the best goalkeepers of the game, but they certainly entertained the fans and boosted the scoreline of the match.
An ex Brazilian player and currently a manager, Rogerio Ceni stands at the top of the list with 131 goals. Ceni, being a goalkeeper, also stands in the list of top ten scorers for Brazilian team Sao Paulo.
In the season of 2005, the goalkeeper scored 21 goals and also found the back of net 37 times in a span of three years. Furthermore, Ceni was an extremely brilliant set-piece taker.
Jose Luis Chilavert
This Paraguayan goalkeeper is the only goalkeeper in the world till date to score a hat-trick. In his entire career, the goalkeeper was able to score 67 goals. During his two-year spell with team Velez Sarsfield, he was able to score 23 goals. That’s not all as the goalie even scored three goals against Argentina.
Between 1996 to 2012, this Bulgarian goalie scored 42 goals. During his nine-year spell at Levski Sofia, the goalkeeper netted 25 goals and continued to be a threat for the opponent. Later on, Ivankov moved to the Turkish league and Cyprus league where he scored some more goals.
The Colombian is famous for his ‘scorpion kick’ save against England in 1995 at Wembley. Between 1985 to 2010, the Colombian goalie scored a total of 41 goals. For Colombia, Higuita scored three goals. One of which was scored during a Copa America match in 1989 against Venezuela.
Johnny Vegas Fernandez
Between 1997 and 2017, Vegas scored 39 goals in his entire career. The Peruvian player was known for his expertise inside the box. Most of the penalties were regularly taken by him. 30 out of 39 of his goals were scored from penalties. The rest came from open play opportunities. Surprisingly, the player got transferred 14 times in his 13 years of career.