LISBON – Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who joined FC Porto from Real Madrid in 2015, has dominated yet again this season, leading him to presently hold the record for fewest goals conceded, in spite of playing in the smaller Portuguese Primeira Liga.
Topping other goalkeepers in Europe’s most important five leagues, La Liga, the Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1, Casillas, 37, has played all league clashes as a starter so far this season, giving away only 12 goals in 23 matches, an average of 0.52 goals per game, a percentage that only Liverpool goalie Alisson Becker can even begin to challenge.
The 26-year-old Becker of Brazil has been beaten 15 times in 27 matches for a 0.56 goals-per-match percentage.
While Becker has been playing well, Paris Saint-Germain’s goalkeeping team lead by veteran Gianluigi Buffon, 41, has the same goal-per-match percentage of the Brazilian at 0.56, having conceded only 14 goals in 25 matches.
Another outstanding performance this season belongs to Slovenia goalkeeper Jan Oblak, 26, who is about to officially renew his contract with Atletico Madrid, with his average of 0.68 goals-per-match.
Additionally, Juventus’ Wojciech Szczesny of Poland has an average of 0.61 goals-per-match, having conceded 11 goals in the 18 games he has played for the Turin club.
Hungary keeper Peter Gulacsi has also played well for his team, Bundesliga’s fourth-placed RB Leipzig, with some excellent numbers thus far, conceding 19 goals in 22 clashes, an average of 0.86.
Casillas’ league leading percentage looks good also when compared with his national teammates.
The other goalkeepers of coach Luis Enrique’s Spanish national team, Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, has conceded 35 goals in 27 matches with a 1.29 average, while Spain’s Kepa Arrizabalaga of Chelsea has let 29 goals to the net in 26 games (1.12 percent). Paul Lopez, Real Betis’ goalkeeper, has a league average of 1.21 goals-per-match as he was beaten 28 times in 23 games.
Since Casillas started playing in the first tier leagues in 1999, he has managed to keep a total of 235 clean sheets out of 618 matches.
With Real Madrid, the 37-year-old kept clean sheets in 177 out of 510 games and with Porto, he has conceded no goals in 58 out of 108 clashes.