Five of the best: Goalkeeper records
Salvatore Sirigu is on his way to emulating Petr Cech, Edwin van der Sar and Jens Lehmann as goalkeeping greats
Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu has not conceded a goal in 776 minutes of Ligue 1 football, surpassing Bernard Lama's previous 11 hours and 37 minutes record in Sunday's 1-0 win over Lille.
The Italian's impressive shut-out run now stretches across nine matches, after chalking up a seventh successive clean sheet as Les Parisiens fought hard to take all three points at Parc des Princes, to maintain their place at the top of Le Championnat table on goal difference.
Sirigu stressed after the game that whilst he was pleased to have reached an individual landmark, he did not want to be distracted by that pressure, and instead focus on the collective goal of Carlo Ancelotti's side, which is to win the domestic title in 2013.
"I was told about this record, but I did not want to be put under pressure, especially for such a delicate game. But I'm pleased," the 26-year-old told reporters on Sunday evening.
"It was a difficult match in its entirety. This is football and it's not a problem for us. We suffered a lot but we scored a lucky goal. We saw out the result and we are very happy for this."
Sirigu's accomplishment is inspiring, and ranks highly when compared to some of his fellow custodians, and their respective achievements between the sticks.
In tribute to the PSG stopper, GiveMeFootball has decided to recall five other clean sheet records - leave a comment with your favourite below…
Petr Cech | Chelsea
The Chelsea goalkeeper went a whopping 1025 minutes without conceding in the Premier League. After Thierry Henry scored past Cech on December 12, 2004, the number one didn't surrender again for nearly three months, until Leon McKenzie netted for Norwich City on March 5, 2005.
Edwin van der Sar | Manchester United
The Old Trafford favourite holds the Premier League record for the longest period of time without conceding, going 1311 minutes - or 14 games - without being breached in 2008/09, surpassing Steve Death's 31-year-old English record.
Jens Lehmann | Arsenal
Arsenal hold the record for consecutive Champions League clean sheets, with former goalkeeper Jens Lehmann not conceding for 10 consecutive games during the 2005/06 season. 955 footballing minutes passed between September 2005 and May 2006 - a run that took Arsene Wenger's side all the way to the final, where the Gunners were eventually overturned 2-1 by Barcelona at Stade de France in Paris.
Brad Friedel | Tottenham Hotspur
The 41-year-old stopper - who recently lost his place in the Spurs side to summer signing Hugo Lloris - kept 14 clean sheets taking him to the end of 2011/12, a feat that hadn't been bettered at White Hart Lane since Ray Clemence in the 1986/87 campaign.
Friedel boasts an even more impressive record, as the current holder of the most consecutive Premier League appearances ever - with 310 - a feat he achieved during spells at Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa and Tottenham, until he was left out of Andre Villas-Boas's side on October 7, 2012.
Joe Hart | Manchester City
Hart broke the Manchester City club-record for most clean sheets during a season (29) in 2010/11, surpassing Nicky Weaver's return of 26 when the reigning Premier League champions were competing two divisions lower.
The 25-year-old's consistent performances over the past three years have established him as England's undisputed No.1, also earning a reputation as one of the world's best goalkeepers.