Arsenal goalkeeper, Petr Cech has “shocked” the footballing world by announcing his retirement at the end of the ongoing Premier League Season.
Worthwhile Records (Source Wikipedia)
At age 19, Cech became the first choice goalkeeper of Sparta Prague and registered a league record of not conceding a goal in 903 minutes.
He won 4 Premier League titles, 4 F.A Cups, 3 League Cups, 1 UEFA Europa League and 1 UEFA Champions League during his illustrious career at Chelsea FC.
He has won an FA Cup and 2 FA Community shields with his current club, Arsenal.
He holds the all-time records for clean sheets, with 220.
He is the most capped-player in the history of the Czech national team, with 124 caps.
He was voted into the EURO 2004 All-Star team after helping Czech Republic make it to the semi-finals.
He has the record for the most Czech Footballer of the Year and Czech Golden Ball wins.
He holds the Premier League record for the fewest appearances required to reach 100 clean sheets, having done so in 180 appearances.
He hold the record for the most clean sheets in Premier League history in a single season – 21 clean sheets.
He went 1,025 minutes without conceding a goal in the 2004-05 Premier League season, another record.
He was voted the IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper in 2005.
He was the Best Goalkeeper in the 2004-05, 2006-07 and 2007-08 editions of the Champions League.
He is the only goalkeeper to have won the Premier League Golden Glove with two separate clubs and has won it a joint record four times (2004-05, 2009-10 and 2013-14 at Chelsea and 2015-16 at Arsenal).
These are some of the reasons why Petr Cech is one of the most “underrated” goalkeepers. Adios Petr.