Deciding who is the best keeper since the turn of the century is practically impossible. But what about when it comes to saving penalties?
Sure, stopping penalties isn’t the most important aspect of being a top-level keeper. However, it’s definitely a great ability to have.
Since the start of the 21st century, the following goalkeepers have saved the most penalties, with some truly staggering numbers posted.
1. Tim Howard: 18 penalties saved
He is a former American professional soccer player who played as a goalkeeper.
He last played for the United Soccer League Championship club Memphis 901 FC.
A club which he is a minority owner and sporting director. He is also international ambassador in the US for former club Everton.
He is widely considered to be one of the greatest goalkeepers in American soccer history.
He began his career with the North Jersey Imperials before making a move to the Metro Stars.
He appearances soon attracted the attention of English Premier League club Manchester United who signed him in 2003.
He enjoyed relative success with the club, as they won the 2003 FA Community Shield, the 2003–04 FA Cup and the 2005–06 League Cup.
After United signed another goalkeeper, he went out on loan to Everton to play more first team football and eventually signed permanently with them in February 2007.
On January 4 2012 he scored his first professional goal in a Premier League match against Bolton Wanderers making him only the fourth goalkeeper to score a goal in the Premier League.
2. Diego Benaglio: 17 penalties saved
He is a Swiss former footballer who played as a goalkeeper.
He spent most of his professional career with Stuttgart and Wolfsburg in Germany’s top flight, winning the 2009 league championship and appearing in almost 300 competitive matches with the latter club.
He also played three years in Portugal earlier in his career.
He was called up for the 2006 FIFA World Cup as third choice behind Pascal Zuberbuhler and Fabio Coltorti making his debut in a pre tournament friendly against China on 3 June.
With consistently good club performances the following years, he was promoted to the starting line up for UEFA Euro 2008 played on home soil and became the starter subsequently.
3. Iker Casillas: 20 penalties saved
He is a Spanish retired professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper.
Popularly known for his ability to produce spectacular saves.
He is widely considered to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.
He is known for his athleticism quick reactions and outstanding shot stopping ability.
He have spent the majority of his career at Real Madrid.
He is one of the few players to achieve over 1000 professional career matches and holds the record for the most clean sheets in the UEFA Champions League as well as for the Spain national team.
4. Diego Lopez: 19 penalties saved
He is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for RCD as a goalkeeper. After spending seven years with Real Madrid playing for its various teams.
He made a name for himself in La Liga with Villarreal appearing in 230 official games over the course of five season.
He was first selected for Spain for two 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in late March early April 2009 both against Turkey.
He was named in the squad by manager Vicente Bosque for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa and Pepe Reina and he did not play any matches there.