Although Keylor Navas has been told he is no longer in Real Madrid’s plans for next season, he will go down in history at the club after playing a huge part in their three consecutive Champions League triumphs between 2016 and 2018.
His absence will be sorely felt amongst fans and players alike. The Costa Rican etched his name into the Champions League’s Hall of Fame as he became one of only four goalkeepers to win the competition three times on the trot.
Of those four, two have come from Real Madrid. The first of which was Juanito Alonso, who was in goal for Madrid’s first three Champions League triumphs, and the other was Rogelio Dominguez, the man between the posts for their fourth and fifth conquests.
Alonso and Keylor are not the only goalkeepers to have won the Champions League in three consecutive seasons, though. Ajax goalkeeper Heinz Stuy did so in 1971, 1972 and 1973 before the German stopper Sepp Maier went on to achieve the same accomplishment between 1974 and 1976 for Bayern Munich.
Such was the achievement of Keylor, and his teammates, that the Costa Rican became the first goalkeeper in 43 years to achieve such a feat.
After his arrival from Levante in 2014, Keylor has gone on to become a huge part of Madrid’s success in Europe.
With him in goal, they have only lost six out of 51 matches in the Champions League, and they have advanced in all nine knockout ties he has played in.
The two times that Los Blancos have failed to win the competition with Keylor in the squad have come when Iker Casillas and Thibaut Courtois were playing in goal.