Manchester City’s title-winning campaign saw ‘keeper Ederson swoop the Golden Glove award for the second successive season, the Brazilian joining an elite club of players to have won the award more than once.
The accolade – which was first introduced in 2005 – is a reward for the stopper who keeps the most clean sheets across a Premier League campaign, the modern game still valuing keeping the ball out of the net, despite the rise in playmaking number one’s.
While a clean sheet also has a lot to do with a team’s tactical set-up – with both City and Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea having been especially pragmatic in the second-half of the season – it’s still essential to have the right man in the sticks to make the telling saves in the big moments.
The Premier League era has seen no shortage of ‘keepers able to do just that, so let’s take a look at the four goalkeepers to have won the Golden Glove gong more than once.
Ederson – 2 (2019/20 & 2020/21)
The aforementioned Man City stopper has somewhat revolutionised modern goalkeeping since his arrival at the Etihad back in 2017, building on the Manuel Neuer ‘sweeper-keeper’ role and taking it to a whole new level.
As he demonstrated early on in the Champions League final defeat to Chelsea with a sensational lofted pass to Raheem Sterling, the former Benfica man has a real weapon of a left boot that can spark attacks just as successfully as a playmaking midfielder.
While he is unique goalkeeping talent with the ball at his feet, it’s his skill with his hands that has seen him find his way onto this list, the 27-year-old having recorded 35 clean sheets in the last two campaigns combined, a record that has seen him swoop the Golden Glove award in back-to-back seasons.
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His tally of 16 last term saw him edge Burnley’s Nick Pope to top spot, before he once again found himself at the summit this season with 19 shut-outs, placing him three ahead of Chelsea stopper Edouard Mendy and seeing his total tally sit at an exceptional 71 Premier League clean sheets.
His impressive tally this season is not, in fact, his best campaign in English football, as he registered 20 clean sheets en route to the title in the 2018/19 season, yet missed out on the individual honour to compatriot, Alisson (21).
Pepe Reina – 3 (2005/06; 2006/07; 2007/08)
The former Liverpool stopper made a superb start to life at the club following his arrival from Villarreal back in 2005, going on to clinch the Golden Glove in each of his first three seasons at Anfield.
Having replaced Champions League final hero Jerzy Dudek as the Reds first-choice stopper, the Spaniard quickly made a name for himself in English football, ending his debut campaign with 20 clean sheets to his name.
While no stranger to an error – notably in a 3-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park, as well as during the 2006 FA Cup final – the former Barcelona man thrived under Rafa Benitez, setting a club-record by clinching his 50th clean sheet in the fewest number of games (92), beating the record previously set by the legendary Ray Clemence (95).
After registering 57 clean sheets in his opening three seasons, Reina would then record another 20 in the 2008/09 campaign, although missed out on a fourth successive Golden Glove to Manchester United stopper Edwin Van der Sar, the Dutch legend keeping 21 clean sheets that season.
Such was Liverpool’s stubborn defensive approach under Benitez at the time, just getting one past the in-form Reina seemed something of an achievement, with Sunderland’s Darren Bent having to rely on the aid of a rogue beach ball to find the back of the Spaniard’s net in October 2009.
Reina would continue to remain as the club’s first-choice until the end of the 2012/13 season, before being shipped out on loan to Napoli after missing out on a return to the Nou Camp. The veteran stopper has played for a smattering of clubs since – including a return to the Premier League with Aston Villa last season – and currently plies his trade for Serie A side Lazio.
Joe Hart – 4 (2010/11; 2011/12; 2012/13; 2014/15)
There’s no doubting that it’s been a fairly brutal last five years for the former Manchester City man, after having lost his place for both club and country in quick succession, yet it’s worth remembering just how good he was in his pomp.
After rising through the ranks at hometown club, Shrewsbury Town, the Englishman was plucked by Manchester City in 2006, going on to enjoy a brief spell as number one under Sven-Goran Eriksson, before truly nailing down a starting berth under Roberto Mancini in the 2010/11 campaign.
That season proved to be a real breakthrough campaign for Hart as he ended the term with 18 clean sheets and the Golden Glove award, while it also perhaps marked the start of City’s decade of dominance, the club clinching the FA Cup after victory over Stoke City in the showpiece.
The England international would go on to finish with the most clean sheets in the league in each of the next three seasons, helping the club secure a first-ever Premier League title in the 2012/13 campaign, courtesy of that Sergio Aguero stoppage-time strike on the final day.
While his form took a dip over the next few seasons, he still managed to clinch a fourth Golden Glove in the 2014/15 campaign, albeit after registering just 14 clean sheets, the lowest amount for any winner of the award.
Despite his impressive league record, the arrival of Pep Guardiola spelled the end for his time at the Etihad, while a string of shoddy displays at Euro 2016 also saw him lose his starting berth for England
Since then, the 34-year-old has spent time at Torino, West Ham and Burnley, while he’s currently playing back-up to Hugo Lloris at Tottenham.
Petr Cech – 4 (2004/05; 2009/10; 2013/14; 2015/16)
Arguably the top-flight’s greatest ‘keeper of the 21st Century, the Czech international was something of an unknown quantity when he made the switch from Ligue 1 side Rennes in 2004, yet swiftly made his mark with an outstanding debut campaign.
Under new manager Jose Mourinho, Chelsea stormed to a first Premier League title, the Blues going on to set a remarkable league record after conceding just 15 goals across the entire season, with Cech keeping 24 clean sheets in 35 top-flight appearances – another league record.
Mourinho’s men would romp to the title again the following year, before the club’s next league triumph in the 2009/10 season, in which Cech once again swooped the Golden Glove, after picking up 17 clean sheets in Carlo Ancelotti’s successful side.
The former Sparta Prague man would be forced to share the award a few years later with Wojciech Szczesny, after both men recorded 16 clean sheets, in what proved to be Cech’s final campaign as the Blues first-choice stopper.
With Thibaut Courtois taking his place, the Champions League-winning ‘keeper made the move to London rivals, Arsenal, where he became the first and only player to win the Golden Glove award with two different clubs, after registering 16 shut-outs in the 2015/16 season – his first year at the Emirates.
He would help the club to an FA Cup triumph the following season, before bowing out of the game following the 4-1 defeat against his former club, Chelsea, in the Europa League final two years ago, ending his playing career with 202 Premier League clean sheets to leave him top of the all-time list.
The 39-year-old returned to Stamford Bridge as technical advisor following his retirement and even sparked hopes of a playing return, after being included in the Blues’ Premier League squad earlier this season.