The Italian top flight has become one of Europe’s most competitive leagues in recent years. It has also produced a number of world-class goalkeepers who have gone on to have illustrious careers.
It’s never easy to pick the top five with so many talented players on the list. However, concerning their performances and their reputation with the gloves because of their performances; here is a list of the top five goalkeepers ever witnessed at Serie A.
- Gianluigi Buffon
Gianluigi Buffon, what can be said about him? Buffon has the most appearances in Serie A history, with four spells with Parma and Juventus.
With the Old Lady, he won a record ten titles, holds numerous Juventus, Serie A, and Italy records, and has been awarded Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year 12 times. He was a brilliant shot-stopper with elite positioning, anticipation, and leadership, and he was as consistent as they come.
Dida is a two-time champion of the Champions League and one of the top goalkeepers of the twenty-first century (IFFHS voted the Brazilian sixth in that category).
Dida, who was named FIFPro Goalkeeper of the Year in 2005, had an impact well beyond Milan. He was the first Afro-Brazilian goalkeeper to start for the Canarinho in 50 years, helping to break down racial preconceptions against goalkeepers in Brazil. He was an excellent goalkeeper for the bulk of his time in Lombardy, controlling his area and offering a soothing presence despite a few high-profile errors.
- Samir Handanovic
Samir Handanovic, who has spent over a decade in Serie A with Udinese and Inter. He is in his late thirties and still one of the top goalkeepers on the planet, having finally won the Scudetto with Inter in 2020-21.
- Júlio César
Julio César, twice elected Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year, was a key member of a great Inter club in the late 1990s. While César is unlikely to be named to a Serie A all-time XI, he is deserving of a spot among the top five goalkeepers in the country’s history. He was among the best at his position during his tenure in Italy, despite featuring in only 228 Serie A matches.
- Sebastiano Rossi
Sebastiano Rossi is best remembered for his 12 seasons with Milan, which he began with Cesena. He was a member of the Rossoneri from 1990 to 2002, a period in which the Lombardy club won five Scudetti and a Champions League. With 11 goals conceded in a 34-match Serie A season, Rossi holds the record for the fewest goals conceded in a Serie A season.