The 10 Best Goalscoring Goalkeepers

Ryan Bailey@ryanjaybaileyFeatured ColumnistNovember 8, 2013

The 10 Best Goalscoring Goalkeepers

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    Last weekend during Stoke's 1-1 draw with Southampton, Asmir Begovic joined an elite band of goalkeepers who have managed to score at the other end. Not only that but the Bosnian shot-stopper also became the fastest-scoring keeper of all time, bagging his goal after just 12 seconds. 

    In tribute, we have assembled 10 of the finest goalscoring goalies...

Rogerio Ceni

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    Rogerio Ceni has been Sao Paolo's goalkeeper since 1992, and in that time, he has scored a phenomenal 112 goals.

    He holds the record for the highest-scoring keeper, the most amount of free kicks from a keeper (59) and the most amount of successful penalty conversions (53).

Rene Higuita

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    There is no player in the history of football who is madder than former Colombian shot-stopper Rene Higuita.

    The man who once went to prison for working with drug baron Pablo Escobar would frequently charge up the field and score and was often the first choice to take free kicks. 

    The scorpion-kick keeper managed 41 goals between 1985 and 2010.  

Jose Luis Chilavert

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    Considered by many to be among the greatest goalkeepers who ever played, Jose Luis Chilavert was a free-kick specialist and penalty taker for a variety of Paraguayan sides.

    He holds the record for the most international goals from a keeper (seven) and is the only goalie to have scored a hat-trick. Yes, he seriously once scored a hat-trick. 

Hans-Jorg Butt

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    German international keeper Hans-Jorg Butt scored a whopping 26 penalties in his Bundesliga career and a further three in the Champions League.

    While representing Leverkusen in a 2004 match against Schalke, Butt showed the inherent risk of letting the keeper take spot kicks when he celebrated a goal with teammates, signalled to the referee he was ready to start play and was duly beaten by a shot straight from kick-off. 

Peter Schmeichel

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    If his side was in need of an equaliser in the dying minutes, Peter Schmeichel would have no qualms about pushing up the field for a set piece.

    The great Dane scored 13 times between 1981 and 2003, including this impressive volley for Aston Villa against Everton in 2001, which made him the first goalscoring goalkeeper in Premier League history.

Dimitar Ivankov

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    During his 15-year career, the bulk of which was spent at Levski Sofia, Bulgarian keeper Dimitar Ivankov had a reputation for converting from the spot.

    He is the third-highest scoring keeper of all time, with 42 goals. 

Jorge Campos

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    Highly eccentric Mexican keeper Jorge Campos usually played between the sticks but would often switch to become a striker during a game. 

    Using this unique versatility, Campos managed 39 career goals, 34 of which came in his seven-year spell at Liga MX side Pumas. 

Misael Alfaro

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    Misael Alfaro was yet another South American with a penchant for finding the net at the other end.

    The Salvadoran scored 31 career goals, of which 11 were penalties. He retired in 2010 after 22 years of guarding one net and scoring in the other.  

Vincent Enyeama

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    Extremely charismatic, reliable and Nigeria's No. 1 for over a decade, Vincent Enyeama also has a nose for goal.

    The Super Eagles star scored 20 career goals, 10 of which came at Nigerian side Enyimba and eight at Hapoel Tel Aviv, where he was the first-choice penalty taker between 2007 and 2011. 

Sebastian Saja

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    Sebastian Saja has spent most of his career in his native Argentina, where he currently plays for Racing Club.

    He is best known for his eight-year stint at San Lorenzo, where his spot-kick ability contributed to a running tally of 14 goals so far. Having scored three times for Racing Club since 2011, Saja shows no sign of slowing down.

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