A Serbian keeper has kept the most clean sheets in Europe's top five leagues

6.12.2019.  

It's Jan Oblak that most often starts trending online after miraculous saves, and the Slovenian goalkeeper is regarded as the best at his position in the world by most football fans. David De Gea, Allison, Thibaut Courtois, Manuel Neuer and Ederson are other members of the elite society that does its work between the goalposts. But a less-known goalie has managed to keep the most clean sheets in Europe's top five leagues - Predrag Rajkovic.


The 24-year-old Serbian defends the colours of France's Stade Reims after arriving from Isreal this summer for a fee believed to be around €5,000,000.


Rajkovic started playing regularly at the age of 19, representing the colours of former European champions Red Star Belgrade. Hype surrounded him from the early years and he was straight away touted as the future long-term goalkeeper for Serbia's national team. A role he is recently starting to claim only now, after making the senior debut in 2013.


He already knows success with Serbia after being apart of the country's only two successes in recent years, winning of the European U-19 Championship in 2013 and U-20 World Cup in 2015. Winning the Golden Glove in the later competition, and being in the team of the tournament of the former.


Rajkovic went the unusual route to Europe's top five leagues by joining Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2015 and playing there for four seasons, collecting 136 caps in the league, 196 total.


Reims noticed the prospect and the 192-cms tall keeper moved to Ligue 1 where after 15 matches, he has nine clean sheets with just eight goals conceded!



No keeper in Serie A, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, La Liga, or the Premier League has more clean sheets. Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel, Sevilla's Tomas Vaclik, Angers' Ludovic Butelle, Athletic Bilbao's Unai Simon, Atletico's Jan Oblak, and PSG's Keylor Navas all have seven clean sheets.


The French league is disproportionately presented in the top 10 keepers who kept the most clean sheets with five players from its clubs, but the achievement of Rajkovic is undeniable.


Of course, the defenders in front of him do their jobs as well. Reims, the 11th placed team in Ligue 1, conceded the least amount of goals, on level with PSG, just eight. Last season though, the squad conceded 42 goals and all other defenders were a part of the team in 2018/2019. The manager David Guion was also in charge. Rajkovic was the missing link.


Reims hasn't received more than €9,000,000 for one of its players ever, and the only notable name sixth-time Ligue 1 champion's propelled was Grzegorz Krychowiak. With Rajkovic between the posts, the club has finally something with which to remind Europe it’s there and to lure the biggest clubs’ scouts.



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