There have been many great goalkeepers in the Premier League, and the debate about which ones are the best continues to rage across the country and, indeed, the world.
Here at Ladbrokes, we reckon the following goalkeepers stand head and shoulders above the rest…
Peter Schmeichel (Manchester United, Aston Villa, Manchester City)
The man dubbed “the Great Dane” began his Premier League career with Manchester United in 1991 and won the league title in the very first Premier League season (1992-93).
In an eight-year career at Old Trafford, Peter Schmeichel won a further four league titles, and three FA Cups. He ended his time at Manchester United in 1999: the year that the club won its famous treble of the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.
Schmeichel was the first goalkeeper to reach 100 clean sheets. He ended his Premier League career with 128 clean sheets, after shorts spells at Aston Villa and Manchester City.
He was named once in the Premier League Team of the Year, twice as IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper, four times as UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year, and once as Premier League Player of the Season.
Schmeichel still features regularly in many pundits’ all-time Premier League starting XIs.
Petr Čech (Chelsea, Arsenal)
Peter Čech is the only keeper on the list still playing. Čech was voted the Premier League’s best ever goalkeeper in a poll by the Premier League and it’s easy to see why.
He holds the record for the least appearances required to reach 100 clean sheets: a feat he managed in just 180 games.
He has won the Premier League Golden Glove three times, the IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper once, and has made the Premier League PFA Team of the Year twice.
He also helped Chelsea win the league four times, the FA Cup four times, the League Cup three times, the Champions League once and the Europa League once.
Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United, Fulham)
Edwin van der Sar was another keeper who became famous for his saves at Manchester United, despite being signed by the Red Devils quite late in his career at the age of 34.
The Dutch international made his Premier League start with Fulham, for whom he played 127 times. Van der Sar finished his Premier League career in 2011, having let in just 304 goals and achieved 132 clean sheets in 313 games.
Van der Sar holds the record for going the most number of games without letting in a goal. Indeed, the Dutchman had 14 clean sheets in a row for Manchester United during the 2008/09 season, which broke Čech’s record of 10 from his debut Premier League season in 2004-05.
David Seaman (Arsenal, Manchester City)
David Seaman is best remembered for his 13 years at Arsenal, 11 of which he spent in the Premier League, before a career-ending season with Manchester City in 2003-04.
In his 344 games in the top flight, Seaman ended his career having conceded just 291 goals, and achieving 140 clean sheets.
Seaman made the PFA Team of the Year once, as well as the Premier League 10 Seasons Awards’ “Domestic Team of the Decade” for 1992-2002.
As a key member of the Arsenal team, he won the Premier League twice, the FA Cup four times, the League Cup once and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup once.
It’s difficult to say which one is the best of these four Premier League goalkeepers. Statistically that prize would have to go to Čech, who is still playing at a high level, and continues to break records.
Schmeichel was key to so much of Manchester United’s success, while Van der Sar’s career in England started reasonably late in 2001 after winning the Champions League with Ajax six years earlier.
Seaman also made many great saves for Arsenal and proved a rock behind a famously formidable Arsenal defence.
One thing is for sure: no other goalkeepers come close to the four above.