Goals scored by goalkeepers are somewhat a rare event in football. Goalkeepers spend the majority of a match in the penalty area of their own team, a marked area around the goal they are defending in which they can handle the ball, in order to defend their goal. It is highly unusual for a goalkeeper to move far beyond this area and join an attack, as this leaves the defence vulnerable to long-distance attempts until the goalkeeper can return to defend it.
The most prolific goalscoring goalkeepers are those who take penalties or free kicks. Other occasions where goalkeepers sometimes score include set pieces where a goalkeeper joins an attack as a team is chasing a goal in order to prevent a defeat, or from goal kicks or otherwise regular clearances which travel the length of the pitch into the opposite goal. The following list comprises goalkeepers who have scored in a professional national or international competition.
Here are the top 20 goalkeepers who have scored the most goals in football history.
José Luis Chilavert
Paraguay, Real Zaragoza, Vélez Sársfield, Peñarol, Strasbour, Sportivo Luqueno, San Lorenzo de Almagro, Club Guaraní
Johnny Vegas Fernández
Sport Boys, Union Huaral, Universidad San Martín de Porres, FBC Melgar, Sport Ancash, Cienciano,Alianza Atlético, Club Deportivo Pacífico FC, Defensor San Alejandro, Los Caimanes
Levski Sofia, Kayserispor, Bursaspor
Colombia, Deportivo Rionegro, Guaros FC, Bajo Cauca FC, Aucas, Independiente Medellín, Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz, Atlético Nacional, Real Valladolid, Millonarios
Márcio Santos Souza
Bahia, Fortaleza, Atlético Goianiense
VfB Oldenburg, Hamburg, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich
Luis Ángel Firpo, San Salvador, Águila, Alianza, Metapán
Yugoslavia, Radnički Niš
Xelajú, Cobán Imperial, Puntarenas, Ramonense
San Lorenzo de Almagro, Grêmio, Racing Club de Avellaneda
Banfield, Santos Laguna, Racing, Atlético Tucumán
Club Deportivo Palestino
Rudar Pljevlja, Lovćen Cetinje, Budućnost Podgorica, Kom Podgorica
Hapoel Tel Aviv, Enyimba, Ibom Stars, Lille
Portuguesa, Vasco da Gama
Santa Fe, Deportivo Cali, Venezuela
Phan Văn Santos
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