Football's most prolific goalscoring 'keepers

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Iñaki Peña managed to write himself into Barcelona folklore this week despite being at the tender age of only 14, as the teenaged goalkeeper saved six penalties in a shootout, while he also netted the decisive spot-kick himself.

Playing for one of Barcelona's La Masia sides, Peña displayed fantastic ancipatoon to predict correctly six times against Atletico Madrid and demonstrated nerves of steel to successfully dispatch his effort when required.

Taking a penalty is a rarely performed activity by a goalkeeper, and Peña may go the rest of his career without ever being needed to take another spot-kick.

But some shot-stoppers have made their respective names more for their ability from set-pieces rather than their skills between the sticks; scoring more frequently than players utilised in more advanced positions.

They may be rare, but prolific goalkeepers are far from unheard of, with South America in particular having produced a number of glovemen with a penchant for scoring.

Here are the top 10 most prolific 'keepers in football history...

1. Rogério Ceni: 111 goals

Nationality: Brazilian

Teams: Brazil, São Paulo

2. José Luis Chilavert: 62 goals

Nationality: Paraguayan

Teams: Paraguay, San Lorenzo, Real Zaragoza, Vélez Sársfield, Peñarol, Strasbourg, Sportivo Luqueno, Guarani

3. Dimitar Ivankov: 42 goals

Nationality: Bulgarian

Teams: Bulgaria, Levski Sofia, Kayserispor, Bursaspor

4. René Higuita: 41 goals

Nationality: Colombian

Teams: Colombia, Deportivo Rionegro, Deportivo Pereira, Guaros de Lara FC, Bajo Cauca FC, Aucas, Atletico Junior, Real Cartagena, Independiente Medellín, Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz, Atlético Nacional, Real Valladolid, Millonarios

5. Johnny Vegas Fernández: 39 goals

Nationality: Peruvian

Teams: Peru, Sport Boys, Union Huaral, Universidad San Martín de Porres, FBC Melgar, Sporting Cristal, Sport Ancash, Cienciano

6. Jorge Campos: 34 goals

Nationality: Mexican

Teams: Mexico, UNAM Pumas, Atlante, Tigres, Puebla, Chicago Fire, Cruz Azul, Los Angeles Galaxy

7. Hans-Jörg Butt: 32 goals

Nationality: German

Teams: Germany, Hamburg, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, SL Benfica, Oldenburg

8. Misael Alfaro: 31 goals

Nationality: Salvadoran

Teams: El Salvador, Luis Ángel Firpo, San Salvador, Águila, Alianza, Metapán

9. Dragan Pantelić: 26 goals

Nationality: Yugoslavian

Teams: Yugoslavia, Radnički Niš, Girondins de Bordeaux, FK Timok Zajecar, FK Graficar

10. Marco Cornez: 24 goals

Nationality: Chilean

Teams: Club Deportivo Palestino


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