It’s not even been 12 months since Ivan Provedel signed for Lazio and he’s already muscled his way into the club’s history books.
The 29-year-old Italian shot stopper joined the Biancocelesti in August of last year from Spezia in a deal worth just €2 million, a bargain price in hindsight.
He was not expected to be the number one in Rome, with Lazio investing far more in Portuguese shot stopper Luis Maximiano, but he instantly carved out a spot for himself in the squad after the former Granada goalkeeper’s disastrous debut.
As highlighted by Corriere della Sera (via Calciomercato.com), Provedel has now managed to kept 17 clean sheets in Serie A in his first season with Lazio, overtaking historic Biancocelesti goalkeepers like Idilio Cei in the 1963-64 season and Felipe Pulici in the 1972-73 and 1973-74 seasons.
Provedel has now kept the most clean sheets in a single season for Lazio and could single-handedly take the team record set by Angelo Peruzzi, Tommaso Berni and Marco Ballotta in the 2006-07 season, when they kept 18 clean sheets.
The 29-year-old is also only three clean sheets away from becoming the best Lazio goalkeeper of all time in a single season, surpassing the record set by Silvano Martina in Serie B in the 1987-88 campaign.