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The current 10 best goalkeepers in the world
The position of goalkeeper today is almost not the same as it was six or seven years ago.
Today's goalkeepers not only have to fend off shots or prevent crosses, but also act as the first attacker and use their skills as ball distributors to initiate pass sequences in order to dominate their team's possession.
Are mistakes made? Yes of course. But with a high risk comes a high reward and as has been seen in recent years at Manchester City and Liverpool, a world-class number 1 can bring the decisive advantage.
So who do we think are the top 10 goalkeepers in the world?
Take a look at our ranking list below:
10. Peter Gulasci
Peter Gulasci, who was signed by RB Salzburg in 2015 for just £ 2million, has shown a spectacular performance for Bundesliga promoted RB Leipzig in recent years.
The Hungarian international is a brilliant goalkeeper first and foremost, but he also knows what to do if he is out of line and when to stay.
Gulasci is an excellent player and if you need more proof: only Bayern Munich (32) conceded fewer goals in the Bundesliga than Leipzig (37) last season.
9. Samir Handanovic
The next is a man who has been with us since the beginning of time, or this is what it feels like: Samir Handanovic.
Since joining Inter Milan from Udinese, the experienced Slovenian has never received the recognition he deserves, regardless of whether the players were really good or bad and that has been the case in recent years - Handanovic has always prevailed.
Handanovic has only conceded 0.96 goals per 90 minutes in Serie A this season - a remarkably low figure for a regular goalkeeper.
8. David de Gea
What did you say? David de Gea is a hopeless case? Is it too prone to errors now?
Yes, the Spaniard is now prone to one or two mistakes. Anyway, he's still getting Manchester United out of far more messes than he's causing.
“He's doing a great job for us. He wins games for us. I still think he's the best goalkeeper in the world, ”United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said of De Gea after a rather boring and predictable rant from the ever belligerent Roy Keane.
Even if Solskjaer is exaggerating a little when he calls him the best goalkeeper in the world, De Gea's 72.32% catch rate speaks volumes.
7. Thibaut Courtois
More impressive than a goalkeeper who has consistently shone for a decade is someone who has come through a difficult period to establish himself at the top again. Thibaut Courtois did just that.
The Belgian, who had problems in the first few months after moving from Chelsea to Real Madrid, has now rediscovered his sense of the right flanks and the right timing and seems more confident with the ball on his feet with every game.
Real Madrid have the best defense in the league this season with just 21 goals conceded. That has a large part in their being at the top of the table and Courtois can certainly see himself as part of this performance, who at 78.57% has the highest rate of all goalkeepers in La Liga who have blocked more than 60 shots.
6. Keylor Navas
Speaking of Real Madrid: It seems strange to this day that Keylor Navas' face simply never suited the team. The Costa Rican made 162 appearances for Los Blancos between 2014 and 2019 and won three consecutive Uefa Champions League titles and the 2016/17 La Liga championship.
But the fans always wanted a superstar between the posts so he went to PSG and, well, he has shown us all what he can do since arriving in Paris.
Conceding 11 goals in Ligue 1, the second most in the league, is an impressive record. If you then consider that no other goalkeeper has conceded five goals in the Champions League this season, you get a feel for Navas ‘abilities.
The Claudio Bravo experiment never quite worked out at Manchester City, but it was clear to see what Pep Guardiola was looking for. When Ederson came along, everything seemed to be going like clockwork. The Citizens became champions, "Centurions" and "fourmidables" and you'd be a fool to underestimate how important Ederson was to that success.
The Brazilian can do everything, whether he shows cat-like saves, takes the ball from a defender under pressure or starts to cross in his own penalty area. However, its most important weapon is its incredible range. Any goalkeeper who can turn a shot on goal into a goal opportunity is worth a mention here. Not least one who even contributed a penalty in the Premier League last season.
4. Marc-Andre ter Stegen
If you wear the FC Barcelona goalkeeper jersey, you should have great talent in handling the ball. No La Liga goalkeeper has a higher pass rate this season than Marc-Andre ter Stegen (86.45%).
But not only that, Ter Stegen is absolutely brilliant in other things too. He is an agile shooter, decisive in his field and incredibly vocal.
Honestly, without him, Barca would be much worse off this season, which begs the question of why he has only made 24 caps for Germany in the last eight years.
3. Manuel Neuer
Right, because there is Manuel Neuer. No goalkeeper has redefined his position more than Neuer in the last ten years. FC Bayern Munich's number 1 was the goalkeeper before keepers were cool and he himself made the “goalkeeper cool” popular in this position.
You can take his bad performance at the 2018 World Cup as a sign of his decline, but to be honest, the entire German team at this tournament was a joke. You can say he's had his prime, but honestly, that feels like a lazy analysis by experts and fans who should watch more Bundesliga football.
For the men of Hansi Flick, Neuer is a colossus between the posts that you can rely on in the greatest moments.
2nd Jan Oblak
With a pass rate of only 54.99%, Jan Oblak is not a goalkeeper who can be compared to Ter Stegen or Neuer. But what he is is the best goalkeeper in the world and that with no ifs or buts.
Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid therefore don't need a goalkeeper who has to squeeze behind a high line. Instead, they need someone to catch crosses and keep the ball out of the net. There is literally no one who fits this team better than Oblak.
He has 78 La Liga goals and more.
1. Alisson Becker
Is Alisson as good at offside as Neuer or Ter Stegen? Might not. Is he as ruthlessly good at fending off counterattacks as Oblak? Close, but not so good.
Still, one has to wonder how incredibly good he is still at these two skills. If you need someone to stop a missile in the top right corner, Alisson will do it for you. Are your defenders under pressure from a few pressing attackers? No problem, one discount back to Alisson and he'll change the game at your leisure.
But what really sets him apart is his uncanny ability to keep Liverpool alive in the biggest games. Think about his performance against Flamengo in the final of the Club World Cup or the 91st minute in which he stopped Napolis Arkadiusz Milik in the final of the Champions League group stage. Liverpool won’t win any of these competitions without Alisson holding off these crucial moments.
“That says a lot about him. We shouldn't take it for granted. Absolutely outstanding, ”said Jürgen Klopp of Alisson after the Brazilian saved late in the 0-0 draw in the Merseyside derby against Everton.
"That's what makes a world-class goalkeeper: 90 minutes of doing next to nothing and when you need him he's there."
A born champion in every sense of the word.
Honorable mentions: Hugo Lloris, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Wojciech Szczęsny Gianluigi Buffon, Dean Henderson, Bernd Leno, Martin Dubravka, Rui Patricio, Roman Burki, Jordan Pickford, Yann Sommer, Kasper Schmeichel, Nick Pope, Andre Onana, Unai Simon.
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