Tribute: The Goalkeeper who scored more Penalties than Steven Gerrard

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This December, Rogerio Ceni, one of greatest goalkeeper scorers in the history bid adieu to professional football.

Awkward Fact  to start with:  Steven Gerrard scored 47 times for the Reds, from the penalty spot. Rogerio Ceni scored 69 goals for Sao Paolo from the spot.    

Total Appearances- 1257

Total Goals- 131

Goals from free Kicks- 61

Goals from penalties- 69

His name is etched into the Guinness Book of World Records for being the goalkeeper with most number of goals. He is the official taker of penalties and free kicks for Sao Paolo. Rogerio Ceni appeared 575 times for Sao Paolo and scored 65 times in the League.

In 2005-2006 Club World Cup Final, he was the hero who saved a lethal 25-yard free kick taken by the one and only Steven Gerrard. His performance in that match was good enough to frustrate the whole Liverpool FC fan base and the expression on the Liverpool skipper’s face was worth watching. Sao Paolo won the match 1-0 and he was the man of the match for the final and the player of the tournament as well.

His last appearance for Brazil came in 2006. He didn’t score in any of his 16 appearances for Brazil. He had his best goal scoring season in 2005 when he netted the ball 21 times. Ceni won the FIFA Confederations Cup in 1997 and was a part of the team that won the FIFA World Cup in 2002. He is still regarded as on the greatest goalkeepers from Brazil. This legendary goalkeeper started playing for Sao Paolo in 1993 and retired from professional football on 6th December, 2015.

We have something interesting for you. We present you some feats Rogerio Ceni probably wanted to achieve but he couldn’t.

Feats he couldn’t achieve:

  • Never scored a hat trick, Chilavert is the only goalkeeper who scored a hat trick.
  • Marco Ballotta is the oldest goalkeeper to score a goal. He scored at the age of 50.
  • He didn’t score even once for Brazil.

With his records, Rogerio Ceni can put to shame many of the renowned strikers plying their trade in top European leagues.

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