In the light of Deportivo De La Coruna keeper Dani Aranzubiaâ€™s record breaking goal, the first ever scored by a keeper in open play in La Liga history, here is a look at our 3 favourite goal scoring keepers.
1. Peter Schmeichel
The Great Dane had a goal scoring bent that led him to 10 goals in the Premier League for Manchester United. Although vastly outscored by the other two in this list, the fact that as a goalkeeper he is one of the all time greats, regardless of any goals he may have scored, merits his inclusion. There canâ€™t be many sights more capable of striking fear into the eyes of a goalkeeper than Schmeichel charging into your area in the dying moments of the game. Schmeichel had a physical presence that was often enough to at the very least put off the opposition enough for a teammate to grab a vital strike â€“ as was the case in the 99â€™ Champions League final.
2. Rene Higuita
Best known for his mesmerising yet pointless “scorpion kick” which he employed in a friendly against England in 1995, Higuita also had a finely honed eye for goal to go along with taste for inane flair. Racking up an impressive 38 career goals for both club and country, Higuita as a goal threat was a completely different animal to big Peter Schmeichel. Often taking up both penalty and free kick duties, Higuita certainly possessed a cultured right foot when it came to free kick situations as the below video demonstrates. With 8 international goals in his career for Columbia, Higuita can lay claim to being both the owner of one of footballâ€™s dodgiest haircuts and the scorer of most international goals by a goalkeeper.
3. Rogerio Ceni
The king of the goal scoring keepers is unquestionably Brazilian Rogerio Ceni. The scorer of a ridiculous 96 goals throughout his career, he has a goal scoring record that puts most strikers to shame. In 2005 alone he scored a stunning 21 goals in all competitions for his domestic club Sao Paulo, are you listening Fernando Torres? Thatâ€™s your benchmark! As the only player in this list still playing, you would think that there would be transfer rumours flying around â€“who wouldnâ€™t want a keeper who can net you 10 goals a season â€“ but I canâ€™t see that happening soon. At 38 years of age Ceni is Sau Pauloâ€™s most capped player ever and he certainly isnâ€™t going anywhere. Like Higuita, Ceni has a knack for scoring spectacular free kicks as you can see in this video.