Records are the crazy faces that show up the moment we think of sports. After accomplishing a certain dignified level in a game, most players passionately indulge themselves in endeavors of snapping old records and edifice new ones in their name. Talking of association football, we have a long list of prestigious players, who have set records in the number of clean sheets they kept in their career. Let’s have a glimpse at their gleaming performances.
10) Peter Schmeichel
Peter Schmeichel, the Danish footballer, has kept 129 shutouts throughout his career. He has played for Manchester United, Aston Villa, and Manchester City. Plausibly, he has been voted as IFFHS world’s best goalkeeper for the year for 1992 and 1993.
9) Tim Howard
Timothy Matthew Howard, an American soccer player, has kept 132 shutouts, with 116 along with Everton and 16 with Manchester United. For United States Men’s national team, he’s the most capped player till date. And he’s also decorated with the title of MLS Goalkeeper of the Year 2001.
8) Brad Friedal
The number for Friedal is same as that of Howard-132. The American goalkeeper has represented the nation in three world cup tournaments. Appreciably, he also holds the records for highest number of consecutive appearances in Premier League, that is, 310.
7) Pepe Reina
This Spanish player who is presently in the Napoli has kept 134 clean sheets so far. It is intriguing to note that all of his 134 shutouts was in Liverpool alone, though he has played for Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Villarreal.
6) Edwin Van der Sar
The number of shutouts in his case is identical to that of Pepe Reina. He has set the record for not conceding a single goal for 1,311 minutes in the 2008-09 season. The Netherland player has been decorated with numerous awards and trophies and is regarded as one of the most successful footballers of all times.
5) Nigel Martyn
Antony Nigel Martyn has kept 138 shutouts throughout his football career. The highest of this was with Leeds United, where the number is 82. Team statistics shows that he has been a member of Crystal Palace and Everton as well.
4) David Seaman
As of latest records, the fourth on the charts is David Seaman. Presently serving as Goalkeeping coach for Wembley, the English footballer has so far kept 142 clean sheets. Having a look at his individual achievements, we get informed of his victory in four FA cups and three league championships.
3) Mark Schwarzer
The Australian goalkeeper has successfully prevented the opponent to score a goal in a match 152 times. Having played for Middlesbrough, Chelsea, Fulham and Leicester City, he has been honoured as Player of the Year in 2008-09 by Fulham.
2) David James
It was David James who had topped the chart until Cech surpassed him in 2015. He has 169 shutouts in his career of Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham United, Manchester city, and Portsmouth, with highest in Liverpool, which is 72.
1) Petr Cech
The Czechoslovakia-born Arsenal player leads the list as the footballer having kept highest number of clean sheets, which is a stupefying 185. He also holds a record for being the most capped player in the history of soccer. He has been a member of Chelsea and Rennes.
Now, records are meant to be broken, aren’t they? Maybe, the list gets altered soon!