Rinat Fayzrakhmanovich Dasayev is a former USSR football player of Tatar ethnicity who featured prominently during the 1970s and the 1980s. He played as a goalkeeper and is considered as one of the best goalkeepers the footballing world has ever witnessed. Nicknamed “The Iron Curtain”, Dasayev is considered as the second best Russian goalkeeper ever after Lev Yashin, he was named by Pele in March 2004 as one of the 125 greatest living footballers.
Rinat Dasayev commenced his professional club football career at Volgar Astrakhan in 1976 and after one season moved onto Spartak Moscow. It was there that Dasayev established himself as one of the world’s greatest goalkeepers ever and played for them between 1977 and 1988, featuring in 335 league fixtures. He won the Soviet championship five times and was named Best Soviet Goalkeeper by Ogonyok magazine in 1980,1982,1983,1985,1987 and 1988.
In 1982 he was named the Soviet Footballer of the Year and in 1998 was named as the World’s best Goalkeeper of the Year by the IFFHS. He then played for Spanish club Sevilla between 1988 and 1991 and played 59 league matches for the Andalucians.
Rinat Dasayev made his international debut for the erstwhile USSR in 1979 and played for his nation until 1990, featuring in 91 international matches for his nation. He featured in three World Cups with the Soviet national football team.