Is there a better sight in football than a goalkeeper playing outfield?
We’ll answer that question. Yes, there is. Seeing a goalkeeper stick one in the onion bag, breaking all the rules of the goalkeeper’s union.
So here’s to the men that were completely wasted in goal.
Rogerio Ceni (131 career goals)
The Lionel Messi of goalkeepers when it comes to goalscoring.
Ceni netted 131 career goals across his 23-year Sao Paulo career, scoring 47 goals alone between 2005 and 2007.
To put that in some context Emile Heskey, an actual striker, scored 13 during the same period.
Jose Luis Chilavert (67 career goals)
Spare a thought for Ferro Carrill’s goalkeeper back in 1999. Why? Chilavert scored not one, not two but three times against him while playing for Velez Sarsfield.
As well as holding the record for being the only goalkeeper to score a hat-trick, the Paraguayan’s eight international goals are also unmatched.
Chilavert scored 10 goals in 35 games for Velez during the 1997/98 season which for any position would be impressive, but for a goalkeeper is truly mental.
Jorge Campos (46 career goals)
You might remember Campos as the diminutive goalkeeper who wore kits that wouldn’t have looked out of place at Glastonbury.
But don’t let the neon cottons distract you from the fine goalscorer Campos was during his career.
Campos demanded to be played outfield during his second season at Pumas and scored 14 league goals. As an Atlante player he came out of goal to score a bicycle kick.
Nothing is impossible when you’re an absolute maverick.
Dimitar Ivankov (42 career goals)
Ivankov was a fine goalkeeper in his own right, playing 64 times for the Bulgarian national team.
When it came to penalties he was on another level.
Highlights included a 95th minute winner against Fenerbahce and slotting two penalties in a Turkish Cup final shootout win for Kayserispor, while keeping four out.
Rene Higuita (41 career goals)
Forget the scorpion kick.
The linesman had already flagged for offside so it was a shot to nothing.
Higuita’s best gift to the game of football was the 41 career goals he netted, including a handful for Colombia.
Hans-Jorg Butt (32 career goals)
While Peruvian Johnny Vegas Fernandez and Brazilian Marcio have scored more goals than Butt, the German gets in this list on account of scoring a record amount of penalties in a European league season.
He’s also got three Champions League goals to his name, and a strike in the German League Cup.
But Butt (stop saying But) is also a prime example of why goalkeepers should, on the whole, stay in goal.