Meet the World Cup-winning goalkeeper who scored over 100 goals in his career

A Brazilian World Cup winner who scored over 100 goals – the likes of Pele, Ronaldo or Ronaldinho spring to mind.

But those football greats never achieved those feats while playing in goal like Rogerio Ceni did.

The goalkeeper marksman, as he was dubbed in his home country, had a simply phenomenal career which frankly defies logic.

He bagged 131 goals across a 25-year spell with Sao Paulo, with 61 free-kicks and 70 penalties in 121 different matches.

And there is even conflicting reports about an open-play strike too.

To say Ceni was a set-piece specialist would be a humongous understatement.

At this point, you might be thinking – how?!

Well it took some time to achieve, because after joining Sao Paulo's youth set-up in 1990, the then 17-year-old spent the first six seasons either as back-up or third choice.

He didn't break through until 1997 when number one Zetti moved on and new manager Muricy Ramalho gave him a shot.

Ceni caught the eye with his ability in front of goal in training.

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Ramalho encouraged him to improve his free-kicks, prompting relentless practicing between games.

Some months later, Ceni's boss deemed his technique to be worth the risk of having his side's goal exposed at a set-piece in a match.

He stepped up and curled the ball around the wall, much to the shock of the opposition and the fans in attendance.

Two more free-kick goals followed that season and the floodgates had been opened.

Not only was his threat so great, but he also transformed Sao Paulo with his leadership and captained them to the 2005 Copa Libertadores.

They went on to achieve Club World Cup success, beating Liverpool 1-0 in the final with Ceni producing a stunning save from a Steven Gerrard free-kick.

He scored an incredible 21 times in all competitions that year, quickly turning him into one of the club’s greatest ever players.

His career finished with three Brazilian league titles and a total of roughly 1200 appearances for Sao Paulo, the most any player has ever made for one club.

Unfortunately, he never scored on the international stage.

In fact, he made just 16 appearances for Brazil as the likes of AC Milan legend Dida, Julio Cesar and Heurelho Gomes were preferred.

But he was a part of their 2002 World Cup winning squad, and featured in 2006 too.

Since hanging up his boots in 2015 Ceni has been appointed and sacked as Sao Paulo manager, but now 49, he is back in charge after returning for a second shot last October.

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