Real Madrid will take on Liverpool in 2017/18 UEFA Champions League final on 26th May 2018. It will be the final club competition in Europe before the World Cup kicks off in Russia. The fans are eagerly waiting to see what Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah will do to help their teams win the trophy. Today, we wait for the showdown set to take place in Kyiv; we want to take a look at five best goalkeepers in UEFA Champions League history by clean sheets.
5. Victor Valdes- 45 Clean Sheets
Barcelona legend Victor Valdes announced his retirement in January 2018 after a stellar career in European football. The legendary goalkeeper won everything with the Catalans including 6 La Liga titles and 3 UEFA Champions League crowns. The last few years since he made the Manchester United move were not pretty for such a legend but it can’t dent his great achievements. In 115 appearances in Europe, he kept 45 clean sheets. This is an impressive record for a shot-stopper who was always underrated.
4. Petr Cech- 49 Clean Sheets
Petr Cech will always be celebrated for his achievements during his time at Chelsea because he was amazing. The Arsenal goalkeeper won all trophies available at Club level at Stamford Bridge. In 2012, he lifted the most elusive of them all, UEFA Champions League crown. He also lifted 4 Premier League titles as well as Europa League. In 123 European matches, the Czech International kept 49 Clean sheets.
3. Gianluigi Buffon- 49 Clean Sheets
Italy legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has announced this week that he will play his final match for Juventus this weekend against Verona. It is a statement that has been coming all season but it is still hard to take for many football fans.
The 2006 World Cup winner is one of the most decorated shot-stoppers in the history of the game. The 40-year-old has lifted 11 Serie A titles but it is a shame that he never got a chance to lift UEFA Champions League or Europa League. It is certainly the reason why he was shocked when the referee awarded Real Madrid a last-minute penalty that eliminated his team from Europe. In 160 appearances in European football, he kept 49 clean sheets.