There is a famous quote among footballers. “Being a good person is like being a goalkeeper. No matter how many goals you save, all some people remember are the ones you let in.” What they don’t realise is that every goal saved is a goal scored. Being a goalkeeper is the hardest position to play in football. One mistake can cost the game. Since its inception in 2014, the Indian Super League (ISL) has seen a good number of Indian and foreign players in it, including decent goalkeepers. Here is a rundown of the best goalkeeper in ISL with the most saves and clean sheets.
A product of the AIFF Academy, Kamaljit Singh has deputised in goal for Sporting Club de Goa, Minerva Punjab, FC Pune City and Hyderabad FC. In his ISL career spanning of 25 matches, the 23-year-old keeper has made 96 saves and kept 2 clean sheets.
His standout performances in goal during the Hero ISL 2018-19 season earned him up a national team call in 2019.
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At number 9 on our list of the best goalkeeper in ISL, we have the experienced Subhasish Roy Chowdhury. He was a part of ATK’s ISL winning team in the first season. He has also played for Delhi Dynamos, FC Goa in 2016, Kerala Blasters and Jamshedpur FC mostly as a backup keeper.
However, the 33-year old has established himself as a starter for NorthEast United in the ongoing ISL season. Roy has played 30 games in his ISL career, making 95 saves and keeping 9 clean sheets in the process.
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Karanjit Singh entered the Hero ISL in the second season when he joined Chennaiyin FC. After being the second choice goalkeeper in their title-winning season in 2015, Karnjit stepped up as a starter in the next season to help them win consecutive titles. Currently, he is a player cum goalkeeping coach for the team from Chennai. In 48 matches, the 33-year-old has made 112 saves and kept 13 clean sheets.
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A product of the prestigious Tata Football Academy, Arindam Bhattacharja has played for the best clubs in India. He started at Churchill Brothers, before moving to Mohun Bagan and returning back to the Goan club. In the ISL, he played for FC Pune City from 2014 to 2017 and moved to Mumbai City FC in the 2017-18 season. He then turned to his hometown club ATK and played for every match last season.
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Cameroon-born Armenian Apoula Edel is the only foreign player among best goalkeeper in ISL. Edel has played for Pyunik Yerevan, European giants Paris Saint-Germain and Belgian club GAA Gent before his stint in India. In ISL, Edel played for ATK, Chennaiyin and Pune City. He won the ISL with two different teams, first ATK and then Chennaiyin. In 35 appearances in ISL, Edel has made 121 saves and kept 11 clean sheets.
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Laxmikant Kattimani has been a part of the Hero ISL, since its debut season. He was a part of FC Goa’s run to the finals in ISL 2015 and save two penalties in the finals. Currently, Kattimani is playing for Hyderabad FC. In his career, Laxmikant made 136 saves and kept 5 clean sheets in 39 matches. For India, the 30-year-old was part of the U-23 team that won the SAFF Championship in 2009.
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Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
The Indian football team’s number 1, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu started his career with East Bengal and before joining Indian Arrows on loan. He then moved to Stabaek Football in Norway and became the first Indian to play in the UEFA Europa League. He then joined Bengaluru FC and has played a vital role in the run to the finals in 2018 and 2019. Gurpreet won the Hero ISL in 2019 with Bengaluru and emerged with the Golden Glove award.
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TP Rehenesh has been a part of the Hero ISL from its first season. He stood in goal for the NorthEast United for four years, and Kerala Blasters in the current season. The 26-year-old who is known for his nimble footwork has played 54 ISL matches, and in-process has made 156 saves and kept 14 clean sheets,
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Amrinder Singh has been solid between the sticks for Mumbai City FC since he joined them in 2016. In 61 matches, Amrinder has made 193 saves and kept 17 clean sheets. He won the Golden Glove award in Hero ISL 2016. Amrinder made 55 saves in the 2017-18 season for the Highlanders. The 26-year-old has also represented Bengaluru FC and ATK.
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Subrata Paul, or simply called as the ‘Spiderman of India’ stands tall as the best goalkeeper in ISL. He got this name from the media after making 35 saves in the AFC Asian Cup 2011. In a career spanning of 77 matches, Paul has made 224 saves while keeping 26 clean sheets. Subrata has played for the best football clubs in India, including fierce rivals Mohan Bagan and East Bengal. In the ISl, he has represented Mumbai City FC and Jamshedpur FC.
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