A look at the list of the goalkeepers with most clean sheets in La Liga history including Barcelona and Real Madrid legends, Iker Casillas and Andoni Zubizarreta as well as Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak.
Spanish La Liga is well-known for introducing high-quality goalkeepers to the world of football throughout its history.Barcelona
, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are the three giants of the Spanish La Liga which have a tradition of introducing some of the best keepers in the history of the game.
Among the goalkeepers in the list of La Liga most clean sheets ever, the like of Iker Casillas, Santiago Canizares and Andoni Zubizarreta were all brilliant regardless of their team's playing style. While some others like Victor Valdez and Jan Oblak benefited a lot from their team's playing style.
Under Pep Guardiola, Barcelona were the superior team in Spain and their Possession based and high pressing playing system meant that Valdez had few saves to make in each game. Jan Oblak on the other hand, benefited fromAtletico Madrid
's ultra-defensive tactics under Diego Simeone.
In any case, we have seen any great goalkeepers in the history of Spanish La Liga. From the legendary Andoni Zubizarreta to the great Iker Casillas, the following is a look at the goalkeepers with
most clean sheets in La Liga history.
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In the following article we will present you with a list of the ten goalkeepers with the
most clean sheets in La Liga
history. The list includes the likes of Jan Oblak, Victor Valdez, Santiago Canizares, Iker Casillas and Andoni Zubizarreta.
The tenth record-holder with the most clean sheets in La Liga history is Alberto Lopez, a former Spanish goalkeeper who played almost his entire career atReal Sociedad
. A product of Sociedad youth academy, Lopez earned himself a call up to the senior team in 1993 and was Sociedad first choice goalkeeper for the next 13 seasons.
Lopez was so consistent that he only missed 7 games in his first seven seasons. Lopez was a excellent goalkeeper and was famous for his incredible reflexes. He left Sociedad in 2006 after the emergence of Asier Riesgo, another product of Sociedad academy. At 37, he left Sociedad for Valladolid, where he surprised everyone by winning the Zamora trophy after conceding only 29 goals in 36 games.
In total, Lopez registered 104 clean sheets in his 352 La Liga games (29.5 percent).
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Despite playing only seven seasons in Spain,Jan Oblak
is one of the goalkeepers with most number of clean sheets in la Liga history. THE Slovenian giant goalkeeper has won four Zamora Trophy so far and what's amazing about his achievement is that he won all of his Zamora awards in consecutive manner.
Oblak's best stats was registered in the 2014-2015 season in which he conceded 18 goals in 38 matches. Some would argue that Oblack has benefited from Atletico Madrid's defensive game plan, however, no one can deny the fact that he has truly been a wall in the goal in each of his seven seasons at La Liga.
Oblak has won three major titles so far with Atletico Madrid including one Spanish Super cup and one Uefa Super Cup. Among his most important individual honors are: four Zamora Trophies, for La Liga Best Goalkeeper of the season award and two Uefa Champions League Team of the season.
Oblak is the fastest goalkeeper to reach 100 clean sheets in La Liga (in 182 games) and the first non-Spanish goalkeeper to play 100 games in the Spanish Primera Division. In total, Oblak has kept 112 clean sheets in his 200 games atLa Liga
. His 56.2 percent clean sheet record is the best among all the goalkeepers in the history of the league.
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Jose Francisco Molina spent the entire of his 18 years professional career in the Spanish La Liga, 12 years of that in Atletico Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna. Molina made his La Liga debut in 1995 with Albacete. He won 5 major titles during his career including the 1995-96 La Liga title with Atletico Madrid and the 2001-02 Copa del Rey with Deportivo.
Despite his high quality performances, Molina won only one Zamora Trophy, which was achieved at the same season Atletico Madrid won the league. One amazing fact about Molina is that in 2000, he recovered from Testicular cancer while still playing at the highest level.
Molina was a member ofSpain
national team for four years and participated at the 1998 world cup. Overall, he kept 118 clean sheets in his 395 La Liga games, registering a moderate 29.9 percentage. Molina is the ninth record holder in the list of
La Liga most clean sheets ever
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Another legendary goalkeeper with the most clean sheets in La Liga history, Cesar Sanchez played in over 400 games during a career which span 20 years. Sanchez played for five La Liga teams including Valladolid, Zaragoza and Valencia, but his most successful spell was with Real Madrid as he won a total of seven titles among them the 2001-02 UEFA Champions League.
Sanchez spent one season outside La Liga, when he joined Tottenham in 2008. After failing to impress in the Premier League, he returned to La Liga and signed forValencia
. Sanchez retired from football in 2012 after becoming the fifth player to feature in a La Liga game over the age of 40.
Cesar Sanchez is the seventh goalkeeper with the most number of clean sheets in la Liga history. Overall, he kept 123 clean sheets in 394 games, with a percentage of 31.2.
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Santiago Canizares is the sixth record holder among the goalkeepers with the
most number of clean sheets in La Liga history
. He graduated from Real Madrid's Academy and was the second-choice keeper in theChampions League
final win against Juventus in 1998.
Nicknamed the Black Cat by the fans for his quick reflexes, Canizares spent the best years of his career at Valencia, where he was the leader of team who won Valencia's last La Liga titles from 2000 to 2002.
Canizares also reached two back to back UCL finals (1999–2000 and 2000–01) both of which Valencia lost to Real Madrid andBayern Munchen
respectively. He won the Zamora Trophy four times in his career. He is the third in the list of goalkeepers with most Zamora Trophies, behind Victor Valdez (5) and Antoni Ramallets (5). In total, Canizares played 370 La Liga games and kept 138 clean sheets (37.3 percent).
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Luis Arconada is the fifth record holder among the goalkeepers with
most clean sheets in La Liga
. Arconada spent the entire of his 20 years career at Real Sociedad. He won a total of four trophies with the club including 2 La Liga titles. Arconada was also Spain's first choice goalkeeper for many years and played two World Cups and twoEuropean Championships
Arconada was famous for his leadership, bravery and consistency. His athleticism, shot-stopping skills, reflexes and acrobatic style inspired many of Spain's goalkeeper including Iker Casillas. In total, Arconada played 480 games in the Spanish La Liga. His kept 150 clean sheets in those games to register a 35 percent record to his name.
Luis Arconada retired from football in 1990 at the age of 35. One dark side of Arconada's career is the goal he conceded from a Michel Platini free kick in 1984 European Championships. Despite being among the best goalkeepers in the history of Spanish football, Arconada was remembered mostly for that goal which even got famous as 'the Arconada goal'.
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Known for his composure and ability to play with his feet, Víctor Valdes had a habit of making costly errors at crucial moments. However, he contributed a lot to Barcelona's success under both Frank Rijkaard and Pep Guardiola. He was amazing in the two UEFA Champions League finals againstArsenal
(2004-2005) and against Manchester United (2008).
In total, Valdez played 387 games for Barcelona and won a record 5 Zamora trophies. He won every trophy in the football world including 6 La Liga, 2 Copa Del Rey, and 2 Uefa Champions League titles. He also won the 2010 world Cup and the 2012 Uefa European Championship with Spain although he did not feature in any matches.
In total, Valdez played 387 games in the Spanish La Liga with a record of 173 clean sheets (44.7 percent). He is the fourth record holder in the list of goalkeepers with most clean sheets in La Liga of all time.
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Nicknamed "the saint" for his modest and charitable personality, Iker Casillas joined Real Madrid as a teenager and had his first-team debut in La Liga and UCL at the tender age of seventeen. He immediately proved himself as Madrid's first-choice goalkeeper.
In his first four seasons with Real Madrid Casillas won two UEFA Champions League and two La Liga titles. However in the following 10 seasons, Barcelona overthrown Real in Spain and Casillas has less success, a fact which somehow explains why he only won one Zamora trophy, despite consistently being brilliant between the sticks for Real Madrid.
Casillas had a key role in Spain's historical achievements from 2008 to 2012 as the national team won the FIFA World Cup and two consecutive UEFA European Championships.
During this spell, Casillas won another two La Liga and one UCL Title with Real Madrid. With a record of 177 clean sheets in 510 games (34.7 percent), Casillas is the third record holder in the list of goalkeepers with the
highest clean sheets in La Liga history
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Pacu Buyo is the second record holder among the goalkeepers with
most clean sheets in La Liga of all time
. Buyo had a very interesting career. He started his amateur career when he was 14 years old. In his first season, Buyo played both as the goalkeeper and the right winger. Despite playing many games as a goalkeeper, Buyo was the team's best goal scorer at the end of the season.
Pacu Buyo professional career started in 1975 withMallorca
. He later moved to Deportivo La Cruna and Huesca and during his spell with the two clubs, he performed military service for almost two years.
In 1987 Buyo joinedSevilla
where he stayed for five seasons, during which he established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the Spanish La Liga. His excellent performances persuaded the Real Madrid management to sign him in 1986. A gamble which paid off incredibly as Buyo spent a total of 11 years with Real Madrid, winning 12 major trophies with Los Blancos.
Buyo won two Zamora trophies in his career, the first of which he earned during his second league campaign with Real Madrid after conceding only 23 goals in 35 league contests. Overall, Buyo played 542 La Liga games with a record of 213 clean sheets (39.3 percent).
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Andoni Zubizarreta spent the entire of his 18 years career at La Liga. The charismatic shot-stopper kept many records in the Spanish football to his name for many years. Among them are the record for most clean sheets in La Liga history and the all-time record of most appearance in the league with an incredible sum of 622 games.
Known as Zubi among football fans, he won the Zamora Trophy only once during his career. His best season on personal levels was at the 1986-1987 season in which he conceded only 29 goals in 43 matches for Barcelona.
During his career Zubizarreta played for four different teams (Athletic Bilbao, Valencia, Alavez and Barcelona) in La Liga. He won many trophies including six La Liga Tiles, threeCopa Del Rey
titles, three Spanish Super cups, one Uefa Champions League, two Uefa Super Cup and one Club World cup. With a record of 235 clean sheets in 622 games, Zubizarreta is the record holder for highest clean sheets in La Liga history.
So here it was! Our article on the keepers with
most clean sheets in La Liga
history. Which keeper you like the most? Will any one break Zubizarreta's record anytime soon? Let us know in the comments below.