Goals by Goalkeepers: Top 5 Highest scoring goalkeepers

Rogario Ceni is the highest-scoring goalkeeper in football history. He has scored 131 goals in his career. Here is the list of the top 5 highest scoring goalkeepers in football history.

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Scoring goals have always been the most important part of Football. However, goals by goalkeepers are a very rare event in this sport. Goalkeepers spend the majority of a match in the penalty area of their team which makes this feat even more impressive. It is highly unusual for a goalkeeper to move far beyond the penalty box to join an attack. This leaves the defence vulnerable to long-distance attempts until the goalkeeper can return to defend it.

The most prolific goalscoring goalkeepers are those who take penalties or free kicks. However, on other occasions, goals by goalkeepers come from set-pieces. This mostly happens in the dead-end of the game where his team is trailing and they agree to go all in to avoid defeat. However, it may also happen from goal kicks or otherwise regular clearances that travel the pitch length into the opposite goal. These types of instances are generally very extreme and rare.

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List of Top 5 Highest Scoring Goalkeepers:

5. Rene Higuita (41 goals)

Goals by Goalkeepers: Top 5 Highest scoring goalkeepers: Rene Higuita | Sportz Point

One of the most entertaining goalkeepers the game has ever witnessed. He is also famous for his scorpion kick save against England in 1995. The Colombian international has scored 41 goals and features at no. 5 in this list. Higuita was active in his professional career from 1985-2009. He was a real character on the football pitch and took numerous set pieces. He netted three times for his country.

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4. Dimitar Ivankov (42 goals)

Ivankov has scored 42 goals as a goalkeeper | Sportz Point

The former Bulgarian professional comes next on the list with 42 goals to his name. He played for three teams in his 16 years of Professional career from 1996-2012. The teams being, Levski Sofia, Kayserispor and Bursaspor. He is known for his goals, especially for converting penalty kicks. Ivankov is the fourth-highest goalscoring goalkeeper of all time with 42 goals and Number 1 in Europe under this category.

3. Johnny Vegas Fernandez (45 goals)

Johnny Vegas Fernandez is third amongst the highest scoring goalkeepers in football history | Sportz Point

The former Peruvian professional footballer has scored 45 goals in his professional career and comes at number 3 on this list. Fernandez has scored forty goals in the first division, one goal in Copa Sudamericana and four goals in the second division. He was active as recently as of 2017 playing professional football. He then retired with an exceptional career, especially as a goalkeeper.

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2. Jose Luis Chilavert (67 goals)

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The former Paraguayan professional footballer has scored 67 goals in his career. He is the second-highest goalscoring goalkeeper both in the world and South American continent. He has a record number of international goals (8) and is the only goalkeeper to score a hat trick. Chilavert represented teams like Paraguay, Zaragoza, Vélez Sársfield, Peñarol, Strasbourg, Sportivo Luqueno, San Lorenzo and Club Guaraní from 1982 to 2004 before retiring from professional football.

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1. Rogerio Ceni (131 goals)

Rogerio Ceni: Highest scoring goalkeeper in football history | Sportz Point

The record for most goals by goalkeepers is held by the Brazilian Rogerio Ceni, with 131 goals. He played his professional career for Sao Paulo from 1990-2015. He has a bunch of records under his belt that include a record number of free-kicks (61), a record number of penalties (70), and a record number of club goals (131) by a goalkeeper.

Ceni scored 14 goals including six free-kicks and eight penalties in Copa Libertadores. He also scored 65 goals including 26 free kicks, one indirect free-kick and 38 penalties in the Brazilian League. He scored his record 100th goal in a 2–1 win for São Paulo on 27 March 2011.

Ceni, who had over 1000 appearances for Sao Paulo, was a mean free-kick taker and also took penalties for the team. He scored a record-breaking 47 goals for the Brazilian club in three seasons from 2005-2007.

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