The Greatest Scoring Goalkeepers of All Time
Saturday provided a unique moment in Premier League football, as Asmir Begovic joined an exclusive list of goalkeepers to have scored in the history of England's top division.
He joins the likes of Tim Howard and Brad Friedel as goalkeepers who have found the net—some in conventional circumstances, and some in bizarre ones, with Begovic falling firmly into the latter category.
Whilst Begovic now holds the distinction of being joint-top scorer at Stoke this season, he still has some way to go in order to topple some other goalkeepers with an eye for goal.
Here, Bleacher Report takes a look at the finest goalscoring goalkeepers. Some will be familiar to you, some, however, may not.
Have we missed anybody? Who is the greatest scoring goalkeeper of all time? Leave your comments below.
If you're looking for eccentric goalkeepers, then look no further.
Whilst Jorge Campos is most fondly remembered as a goalkeeper for the Mexico national side, he also operated as a striker at several points in his career.
Campos started his career in 1988 at Pumas. There, his opportunities to play in goal were hampered due to Adolfo Rios being the first choice at the club. Therefore, he asked to be operated as a striker instead. He scored 14 goals in his first season at the club before eventually reverting back to his position of goalkeeper.
Campos is a rare example of true versatility. However, in his 130 games for Mexico, he never once operated outside of goal. Judging by his goalscoring record, perhaps he should have!
Arguably one of Bulgaria's finest players of all time, Dimitar Ivankov ranks third on the list of goalkeepers in terms of goals scored.
Ivankov notched 42 in his career—the bulk of which was spent with Levski Sofia in his native Bulgaria. There, he scored 25 goals out of the 42 in his career, but bizarrely, he never scored one in his 64 appearances for the national side.
A notorious penalty talker, Ivankov won a raft of honours in the game and has plenty of merit for being on this list.
He's infamous for his scorpion kick against England in 1995, but Rene Higuita was one of a clutch of goalkeepers that also had an eye for goal.
He notched an impressive seven strikes for Colombia at international level, and that contributed to a final tally of 41 career goals, putting him well up on the list of goalscoring goalkeepers.
An eccentric both on and off the field—he was nicknamed El Loco (The Madman) by Colombians—Higuita is one of the most memorable goalkeepers in international football history.
He holds a firm claim to a place on this list, too, with his unbelievable goalscoring record.
Jose Luis Chilavert
If you are looking to single out one man who is regarded as the greatest goalscoring goalkeeper of all time, you would do well to consider Jose Luis Chilavert.
The Paraguayan not only has mastered the art of scoring a goal, but he is also one of the finest goalkeepers in football history. He won the IFHHS World's Best Goalkeeper award three times—in 1995, 1997 and 1998.
In terms of goals, Chilavert is the second-highest of all time, with 62 to his name. However, he has the most of any goalkeeper who has played international football—scoring an impressive eight times for the Paraguay national side.
Many of those goals were crucial, and he scored four of them in a single qualification campaign, when Paraguay qualified for the 2002 World Cup.
He was also a dead-ball expert, known for his free-kicks.
If you are looking to determine the finest scoring goalkeeper of all time based on number of goals, then it has to be Rogerio Ceni.
Whilst Jose Luis Chilavert's tally of 62 goals is impressive, Ceni has a whopping 112 to his name, in a career that is still active to this day.
Whilst a bulk of those goals came from the penalty spot (53), he is also an artist with a dead-ball. He has scored 59 free-kicks in his career.
It would be hard to argue against Ceni being the greatest goalscorer from his position. Some professional strikers have not even bagged 112 goals in their career!