There have been so many instances where goalkeepers are not given their due or deserved credit just because they could not save a goal of their opponents. Their contribution to the game often gets unnoticed and even after being such a crucial part of the match they are often criticized for their smallest mistakes. There have been many goalkeepers who have proven their worth and value many times and didn’t given let anyone pick up their fingers against them. A clean sheet in football is the situation when the goalkeeper does not let the opponents score any goal. Also so only a few days back Euro cup ended and the winner is Italy. Here is a list of the most clean sheets in Euro Cup history.
1. Iker Casillas
The retired Spanish footballer holds the record of the most clean sheets in euro Cup history. The legend of Real Madrid is also the highest recorder of clean sheets in the Champions League. The Saint in Spain is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world and he has justified this every time he was on the field. He became the record holder of the most clean sheets in Euro Cup history with 9.
2. Gianluigi Buffon
The second footballer on this list is none other than the legendary goalkeeper of Italy, Gianluigi Buffon. He is often considered as the strongest contributor towards the goalkeeping excellence of Italy by carrying the legacy and reign from Gianluca Pagliuca. He added his own talent and methods to the game and took the level of goalkeeping to the very highest point. His ability to stop shots at any point and sweeping goalkeeping was something that impressed everyone. In Euro Cup history hi he has clean sheets 8 times. Also according to his form, his ratio of clean sheets is 38% currently. This means that he has a clean sheet in 3 matches out of every 8 matches.
– Edwin van der Sar
The next footballer on this list with the same number of clean sheets as Gialungir Buffon is Edwin van der Sar. He is also known as the flying dutchman. In the Euro Cup history, he managed to take clean sheets 8 times. He has proven to be a pivotal member of the team for every team he has ever played for. Also, he is the record holder of the longest duration of not conceding a goal. The longest duration is of 1311 minutes when he did not let the opponents score a goal.
4. Rui Patrício
The next player on this list is the Portuguese footballer Rui Patricio. The Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper has 7 clean sheets in Euro Cup history. He was a very important part of the Portugal team which won the 2016 Euro Cup against France. He was also awarded the player of the tournament for his amazing performance.
5. Thibaut Courtois
The goalkeeper of the Belgium National Football team and Real Madrid, Thibaut Courtois is the next football on this list with the most clean sheets in Euro Cup history. The 29-year-old footballer is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. In Euro Cup history he took clean sheets 6 times.
6. Jordan Pickford
Jordan Pickford place for the England football team and Premier League club Everton. He made his place on this list with 5 clean sheets in Euro Cup history. In Euro 2020 he won the golden glove for being the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets. This year he conceded 2 goals, had 16 saves and 5 clean sheets in the Euro Cup.
– Manuel Neuer
The next footballer on this list is Manuel Neuer who plays for Germany and Bundesliga club Bayern Munich. He is the captain of both teams and is considered one of the best goalkeepers in football history. In Bundesliga has the most number of clean sheets as well. In the history of Euro Cup, he has clean sheets 5 times.
– Hugo Lloris
Hugo Loris is the footballer of France’s national team and Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. He also happens to be the captain of both teams. The 34-year-old French goalkeeper is also a 3-time winner of the National Union of Professional Footballers Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year award. In Euro Cup history he has taken clean sheets 5 times.
– Dino Zoff
The last but not the least footballer on this list is the former Italian footballer Dino Zoff. He is the oldest captain who won a world cup at the age of 40 years, 4 months, and 13 days. He was the captain of Azzuri in the 1982 World Cup. In Euro Cup history has taken clean sheets 5 times. From September 1972 to June 1974 he had the world record of taking 12th clean sheets in a row while he was playing for Azzuri.