Goalkeepers are usually known for their work between the posts for keeping the ball out of the net. However, at times, the players who are responsible for guarding the net take up advanced positions up the field and manage to find the net to etch their names in history.
We look at the five phenomenal goalscoring records held by the men with gloves.
5. Hans-Jörg Butt: Three Goals in the Champions League
The German is Bundesliga’s top goalscoring goalkeeper with 28 goals and most of those goals came in the form of penalties. Butt’s highest scoring seasons were during the early days of his career while playing for Hamburg. During the 1998/99 season and the 1999/00 season, the goalkeeper netted seven goals and nine goals respectively.
However, he also holds another unique record in the Champions League. Butt found the net three times in the Champions League and became the highest scoring goalkeeper in the continental cup’s history. All three goals came from different clubs but interestingly were against the same opposition Juventus.
4. Asmir Begović: Scored a Goal in Just Thirteen Seconds
Asmir Begovic’s goal against Southampton made him the fifth goalkeeper to score a goal in the Premier League. However, Begovic’s goal earned him many more accolades. His goal came in just after 13 seconds and also entered the Guinness World Records book as the longest goal scored in football.
The Bosnian shot-stopper found the net after launching a long ball deep into the opposition's half from over 90 meters. His ball caught the wind and bounced awkwardly over the Saint’s goalkeeper and into the net. Lady luck played its part in the goal though, but a little luck is what it takes to enter the record books.
3. Rogério Ceni: Only Goalkeeper to Score Over 100 Goals
The Brazilian goalkeeper spent his entire professional career playing for Sao Paulo in Brazil. Ceni stood between the sticks for 25-years and managed to find the net a record 131 times, making him the highest scoring goalkeeper ever.
He found the net for the first time in the 1997 season and has scored every season since then until his retirement in 2015. The 2005 season would be the most memorable for the Brazilian as he found the net 21 times that year.
Moreover, he is also a part of Sao Paulo’s top 10 all-time goalscorers list.
2. Jimmy Glass: Scored the Last Minute Goal that Avoided Relegation
The American footballer seldom finds his name in the limelight. However, one spectacular performance in the Football League turned him into a club legend. Glass was guarding the net for Carlisle United in the final game of the 1998/99 season when his team desperately needed a win to avoid relegation.
His moment of glory came in the dying minutes of the game when he went forward and put the ball into the net from a corner to ensure that the Blue and White Army would stay in the Football League for at least one more season.
His goal was rated as one of the goals that changed history. Moreover, the boots that he used to score the goal were donated to the National Football Museum in 2014.
1. José Luis Chilavert: Only Goalkeeper to Score a Hat-trick
The Paraguayan footballer has quite a knack for getting goals and scored 67 goals in his professional career, second only to Rogerio Ceni’s tally of 131 goals. Chilavert represented Paraguay from 1989 to 2003 and during his time with the national side, the goalkeeper found the net eight times making him the highest goalscoring goalkeeper at the international stage.
Chilavert's record in the domestic competitions is equally spectacular. He scored 36 goals in all competitions with the Argentine club Vélez Sarsfield. However, the 1999 season is when he made a mark in football history. Chiavert scored three goals against Ferro Carril Oeste in a single game making him the first and the only goalkeeper so far to score a hat-trick.
All the three goals came in the form of penalties, though. Nevertheless, a goalkeeper scoring a hat-trick is still pretty unbelievable.