Today is Iker Casillas’s birthday, and the Real Madrid goalkeeper turns 34.
He is one of the true greats of his generation, and has won three Champions League titles with the Spanish club.
However, Casillas’s career has taken something of a downturn in the last few years, and although also a World Cup winner and European Championship winner, his form has spiralled out of control.
Regardless, he is still one of the real legends of the past decade, and to celebrate his birthday we take a look at five of the other legendary Champions League winning goalkeepers.
Edwin van der Sar - Ajax, Manchester United
Two-time winner of the title, more than a decade apart, van der Sar was a true great, winning with both Ajax and United. He redefined goalkeeping, and was brilliant into his increased age. Is currently the second oldest player to play in a Champions League Final, at the age of 40 years and 211 days, and is the oldest player to win it.
Petr Cech - Chelsea
Has played in two finals, but only won one, and is arguably one of the greatest goalkeepers of the Premier League generation. Was imperative in Chelsea’s 2012 success, saving a penalty in extra time in the Final, and then working wonders in the penalty shoot-out.
Oliver Khan - Bayern Munich
Also played in two finals, but only won one, Khan was in goal in for Bayern in the 2001 victory over Valencia. He also failed to prevent Bayern from losing to Manchester United in the 1999 Final, the same year he was named Goalkeeper of the Year.
Victor Valdes - Barcelona
Strangely is not considered a great goalkeeper, despite winning three Champions League titles. Valdes is far better than many give him credit for, and his ability on the ball was central to Barca’s success at implementing tiki-taka under Pep Guardiola.
Jerzy Dudek - Liverpool
The Polish international gets his place in this list for his incredible penalty saves in the 2005 Final, that ensured Liverpool’s memorable success. Not a fantastic stopper, he came into his own in that shoot-out, and will long live in the memory.