5 Goalkeepers That Ruled the Game: A Ranking of Professional Soccer’s Saviors

The Best of the Best

Goalkeepers are the last line of defense. They’re goal-line heroes who can make or break a game with their goalkeeping skills. They fly through the air, dive into save after save, and jump up to deflect an incoming shot like it’s nothing.

It’s no easy task. Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world (after football) and goalkeepers are integral to any team looking for success on or off the field.

We’ve compiled a ranking of 5 goalkeepers that ruled soccer at different points throughout history – from legendary figures such as Lev Yashin to modern day legends such as Manuel Neuer – so you don’t have to!

Lev Yashin

Russia’s goalkeeping legend and the first ever goalkeeper to win a Ballon d’Or, he was known as “The Black Spider” for his signature black goalkeeping uniform. He even invented new goalkeeping techniques that are still used today!

Dino Zoff

captain of Italy’s 1982 World Cup winning team, he was the oldest goalkeeping champion in World Cup history. Dino Zoff was also known for his goalkeeping intelligence and goal kicks which he would place perfectly to his teammates. 

Oliver Kahn

won the 2002 FIFA World Cup with Germany and is one of only four goalkeepers to win a Golden Ball award for best player at a World Cup tournament.

Gianluigi Buffon

this Italian legend has been an integral part of Juventus & Italy’s goalkeeping success for his entire career.

Manuel Neuer

Germany’s captain and arguably the most talented shot stopper in history, he is widely considered to be one of the greatest goalkeepers ever!

Each goalkeeper on this list has left their own lasting impression on soccer – whether it was by inventing new goalkeeping techniques or changing the goalkeepers’ role in the game. These goalies have made a mark that will be remembered forever by soccer fans everywhere.

The teams that Lev Yashin played for are:

– Dinamo Moscow

– Dynamo Kyiv.

The teams that Dino Zoff played for are:

– Torino F.C., Juventus, and Napoli SSC.

The teams that Oliver Kahn played for are:

– Bayern Munich.

The teams that Gianluigi Buffon played for are:

– Parma FC, Juventus F.C., and Paris Saint German (PSG).

The teams that Manuel Neuer played for are:

– Schalke 04, and Bayern Munich.

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