4 Goalkeepers That Started Their Footballing Career As A Striker

Imagine Ter Stegen scoring a hat trick or De Gea giving an assist. Football wouldn’t have been the same without them.

Almost all the footballers today started their careers in another playing position. In this case, the goalkeepers are not different.

In fact, they are even the most affected. Most goalkeepers don’t start off their careers in the goal post. They were once defenders, midfielders and forwards.

Not all the stories are told, but we have curated a list of goalkeepers who started football playing in a forward role.

David De Gea

Since he sealed a move to Old Trafford, De Gea has seen his career flourish. One interesting thing about the United stopper is the fact that he started football as a forward.

While his father played as a goalkeeper for Spanish side Getafe, De Gea played as an attacker for his school team.

He played as a striker till he was 14 years of age before switching over to goalkeeping. According to De Gea, he combined goalkeeping and striking roles but switched to a goalkeeper as he was better there.


Liverpool backup goalkeeper Adrian was not formerly a goalkeeper.

While he was at Spanish side, CD Altair, he was a striker for the team. As he was still very young, he made a switch to the goalkeeping position aged 10.

The real reason why he became a goalkeeper was because his team did not have a goalkeeper, and when he played in the position, he did very well.

His performance as a goalkeeper even earned him a contract to Real Betis.

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen

Barcelona’s great wall Ter Stegen started football as a striker. It might seem difficult for many to imagine, but it is true.

In his first youth team, Ter Stegen was the team’s striker until he was called upon to replace their injured goalkeeper.

At that time, Ter Stegen was ten years of age. He quickly adapted to the change, and since then he continues to play as a goalkeeper.

Caoimhin Kelleher

I guess there is something about Liverpool goalkeepers and the striking position. Kelleher is regarded as Liverpool’s main back up goalie after Allison.

Like Adrian, he started off as a striker. However, his dad started training him to become a goalkeeper at U-14 level and he has since adapted to it.

It would be exciting to see some of these goalkeepers appear as a striker in at least one game of football. Anything is possible.

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