On the best goalkeepers in the world, 2020. Many football fans may not realize the significant roles goalkeepers play but this doesn’t conceal the fact that goalkeepers are very important and can save their teams from conceding unnecessary goals. Basically, goalkeepers are not meant to do the job of goal-scoring but their presence makes it difficult for opponents to score goals easily.
There are a significant number of brilliant goalkeepers in the world and this raises a critical issue as to who are the best goalkeepers in the world. In this regard, we have compiled a list containing the Top 10 Best Goalkeepers in the World right now based on their current performance and latest rankings.
Jose Mourinho once said:
‘If you are going to be a great team you need to have a great goalkeeper.’
TOP 10 BEST GOALKEEPERS IN THE WORLD 2020
Goal Keeper Name
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen
Keylor NavasGianluigi Buffon
David De Gea
Short details on each keeper;
Top 10 Best Goalkeepers In The World 2020
1. Jan Oblak
Club: Atletico Madrid
Date Of Birth: 7th January 1993
Country Of Origin: Slovenia
Jan Oblak is Atletico Madrid’s first-choice goalkeeper and his recent performances have placed him among the world’s best goalkeepers. Despite Atletico Madrid’s recent shaky performances in the defense line, Jan Oblak has proven himself by keeping a fine record of clean sheets. Having had more than 80 appearances for Atletico Madrid, Jan Oblak recorded a high number of clean sheets. Besides this feat, Oblak is 27 years old and his continual strength in the goal post has clarified that he could become the world’s best goalkeeper in years to come.
Jan Oblak is a stubborn goalkeeper. For years he has added steel to Athletico’s famously unyielding backline. Atletico’s goalkeeper is now more vital than ever in Diego Simeone’s setup, as he has needed to come to the teams rescue on a number of occasions.
The Slovenian is in the form of his life, with attributes that stand him out: strong command of his penalty area, expert positioning, brilliant shot-stopping ability and all of it with unerring consistency. His 100th clean sheet for Atletico Madrid came in just his 178th appearance for them. He has won La Liga’s Zamora trophy for the last three campaigns, and last season made the Europa League Squad of the Season after helping his team to the trophy.
Jan Oblak earns his spot on our list for consistently being in genuine contention for the highest honors available to him.
2. Alisson Becker
Date Of Birth: 2nd October 1992
Country Of Origin: Brazil
Alisson is entrusted with the responsibility of keeping the goal for Brazil. Their World Cup showing was nothing to write about, but in recent times Alisson has been a force to reckon with in another major competition: the Champions League. In the 2017/18 season, Roma reached the Champions League semi-finals.
Liverpool – same club who eliminated Roma in 2017, saw something in him, and so tied up a (then) world record £67m fee for his services. Has such a huge investment been profitable?
As at the time of filing in this article Liverpool can potentially win the English Premier League just like the UEFA Champions League. If they can win the English League they would be doing so for the first time since 1990.
3. Marc-Andre Ter Stegen
Date Of Birth: 30 April 1992
Country Of Origin: Germany
Ter Stegen stands as one of Europe’s most consistent goalkeepers. He was expected to be Germany’s first-choice goalie at Russia 2018, only for Manuel Neuer (just returning to fitness after a lengthy injury )to get the nod ahead of him on reputation alone.
The former Borussia Monchengladbach keeper possesses those qualities that are necessary to fit in with Barcelona’s style of playing from behind: he has very good footwork, and also very neat passing ability. Combine that with fine shot-stopping and you have … Ter Stegen!
With back to back La Liga titles at the age of 28, Ter Stegen is no doubt one of the best in the business.
4. Thibaut Courtois
Club: Real Madrid
Date Of Birth: 11th May 1992
Country Of Origin: Belgium
Thibaut Courtois is a professional player of Belgian descent. He serves as the first-choice goalie at the Belgium national team as well as Real Madrid of Spain. Individually, some of the awards Courtois has claimed are the best FIFA goalkeeper of the year 2018, world cup golden glove 2018, Best Belgian Player Abroad (2013 and 2014), La Liga Goalkeeper of the Year LFP Awards (2013) and London Football Awards Goalkeeper of the Year (2015).
Thibaut Courtois’ performances at Genk captured Chelsea’s interest. After buying him from the club, Chelsea made him serve a lengthy loan spell in Spanish side Atletico Madrid. Courtois became the first-choice goalie at the Spanish side and helped his team in winning important trophies like Copa del Rey, La Liga, Super Cup, and the Europa League. In 2014, Chelsea terminated Courtois’ loan spell and brought him back to their squad. As a Chelsea goalkeeper, Courtois has won 1 League Cup and the two English Premier League titles.
Even before his stellar performance with Belgium at the World Cup, Thibaut Courtois was hailed in some quarters as the best goalkeeper in the world. On his day, he is quite capable of pulling off some amazing saves, making them look very simple in the process.
But he did very well at the World Cup, and Real Madrid came for him making it look like he was going to earn the accolade without a doubt.
5. Keylor Navas
Date Of Birth: 15 December 1986
Country Of Origin: Costa Rica
Currently at Paris Saint-Germain
6. Peter Gulacsi
Club: RB Leipzig
Date Of Birth: May 6, 1990
Country Of Origin: Hungary
Standing 6ft 3 inches and looking fierce in the goal for RB Leipzig is Peter Gulacsi. This 29-year-old veteran goalkeeper who has gained experience at Liverpool, Red Bull Salzburg, hull city, as well as 4 other European clubs has finally broken through to claim a spot in the highest echelon of goalkeepers in the world of football. The Hungarian is even hailed by some to be the best goalkeeper in the German Bundesliga- even better than their beloved Manuel Neuer! His shot-stopping skills are exceptional; he has proved this all season, but he managed to prove his doubters wrong with an epic performance face to face with Manuel Neuer where he silenced his critics once and for all. Aside from his shot-stopping skills he also has excellent passing abilities, sometimes being more involved in the game than some defenders ahead of him. Take notes: Peter Gulasci has come to stay!
7. Samir Handanovic
Club: Inter Milan
Date Of Birth: 14 July 1984
Country Of Origin: Slovenia
Samir Handanovic is Inter Milan’s goalkeeper and his striking performances have earned him a spot amongst the world’s best goalkeepers. In 2015, he called time on his international career and this has given him enough time to prove himself at the club level. Precisely, he has been of tremendous importance to Inter Milan’s recent squad and his lengthy contract should keep him at the Serie A side till 2021.
35-year-old Samir Handanovic is unlikely to lose his consistent form and obviously, the Slovenian shot-stopper seems to have adapted brilliantly to Inter Milan’s style of play under Luciano Spalletti. In fact, he seems to have proved to be more consistent than many of the players around him.
For too many years, Samir Handanovic has been overlooked. This man has been languishing in the shadow, Gianluigi Buffon. Frankly, though, he was quite happy to stay there; getting on with his job and quietly honing his skills and abilities while demonstrating the consistency that puts one in the league of the best shot-stoppers in the world.
The Inter shot-stopper has been ever-reliable while those around him haven’t, and aged 35, has somehow seemed to get better with each season. Under the present coach, Inter has changed to a more patient build-up system of play, and this has forced Handanovic to adjust his game accordingly. He has greatly improved his footwork and is quite capable of soaking pressure with the ball at his feet.
8. Manuel Neuer
Club: Bayern Munich:
Date Of Birth: 27th March 1986
Country Of Origin: Germany
Manuel Neuer is a professional goalkeeper of German descent. He serves as the shot-stopper for both Bayern Munich and the Germany national team. Neuer is a versatile goalkeeper greatly acclaimed for his swiftness and style of play. He has been playing for Bayern Munich since he joined the team from Schalke 04 in 2011.
One would have expected Neuer to top this list but his recent form decline has placed him behind Samir Handanovic. Nevertheless, he is still one of the world’s best goalkeepers and his football career has yielded important honours and awards. From 2013 to 2015, Nueur was named IFFHS world’s best goalkeeper. His various other individual honours are Best Keeper at the 2014 World Cup, German Player of the Year (2 times 2011 and 2014). Some of the significant trophies Neuer has won are the 2013 Uefa Champions League, DFB Cup (four times), German Championship (four times), and 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Club: Manchester City
Date Of Birth: 17 August 1993
Country of Origin: Brazil
With his move from Benfica to Man City in the past year, Ederson became football’s second most expensive goalkeeper. Meanwhile, his recent performances are clear proof that Man City wouldn’t regret having spent €40 million in getting the Brazilian goalie.
During the season before his significant move to Man City, Ederson recorded 17 clean sheets. Meanwhile, this alone was enough to tell Pep Guardiola that Ederson was the reliable shot-stopper to use in place of Claudio Bravo. Though, in his debut EPL season, his current performances have clarified that he is one of the best goalkeepers to reckon with both in the EPL and the entire world.
Ederson ranks highly in many aspects: his shot-stopping is excellent, his passing is brilliant, he will dribble hot-headed attackers when necessary, and he has the ability to pick out teammates with diagonal long balls.
Manchester City former Coach, Pep Guardiola brought him in because he thought that Ederson was the man to replace Claudio Bravo as a dependable keeper. The Catalan was proved right: Ederson was magnificent as City rolled to the Premier League title, keeping 17 clean sheets en route.
10. David De Gea
Club: Manchester United
Date Of Birth: 7th November 1990
Country Of Origin: Spain
David De Gea is a native of Spain born in 1990. He serves as a shot-stopper for both Man United of England and the Spain national team. His goal-keeping records –particularly in the EPL –have set him out as one of the best goalkeepers in football. David De Gea, who joined Man United from Atletico Madrid, has been praised severally for making important saves for his club side. Prior to his move to the EPL, David De Gea was Atletico Madrid’s first-choice goalie and his spell at the Spanish club earned him trophies including the UEFA Super Cup and the UEFA Europa League. As a Man United’s goalie, David De Gea has won a number of trophies among which are 2013 EPL title, 2016 FA Cup, 2017 EFL Cup, and three Community Shields. Meanwhile, some of De Gea’s individual awards are Man United Players’ Player of the Year (2013-14 and 2014-15) and Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year –which he won three times.
Some people proclaim David de Gea the best goalkeeper in the world. They site stellar performances like the one against Tottenham in the 2018/ 2019 season, this writer counted 11 saves in the second half alone! Praiseworthy, no doubt, but is that enough reason to be crowned the king of goalkeepers?
Life has not been easy at Old Trafford, but De Gea has been their only constant: an outstanding performer no matter who he plays with or what changes around him at Manchester United. His three-season dominance of United’s Player of the Season award was only broken in 2016/17 by Ander Herrera, but he reclaimed the prize in 2017/18. De Gea has been named in the PFA Team of the Season for five of the last six seasons, he is outstanding.
Please note that we value consistency and it’s end result: laurels. Having 11 great saves in one game and then letting your goal get pillaged in subsequent matches does not amount to greatness in our estimation.
Worthy Mentions: Below is a list of goalkeepers and details of some of the best shot-stoppers in football.
Kepa Arrizabalaga – Chelsea
Steve Mandandaa – Marseille
Club: Tottenham Hotspur
Date Of Birth: 23rd December 1986
Country Of Origin: France
Hugo Lloris serves as the captain and first-choice goalkeeper at Tottenham Hotspur and the France national team. His outstanding performances –particularly at his current club side –make him one of the world’s best goalkeepers. Meanwhile, many football observers have identified him as a sensible goalkeeper who does the suitable thing at the right time. Times without number, Hugo Lloris has been praised especially for helping the French national team in qualifying for the World Cup. Though Hugo Lloris is yet to win any important trophy for his club, the brilliant shot-stopper has bagged individual honours including Ligue 1 Team of the Year (3 times) and Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year (3 times).
Lloris had a few moments of panic at the World Cup, as he proved with that terrible error in the final against Croatia, but the Bleus skipper was magnificent through the tournament as a whole.
Hugo Lloris seemed to continue that drop in form and grace into the early part of the season, but there is a good reason to believe that the patience shown by Tottenham Hotspurs coach Mauricio Pocchetino has been a good gamble. Lloris has regained his confidence and today Tottenham Hotspurs have found themselves in the Final of the Champions League.
The Frenchman’s ability to pull off breathtaking saves is among the best in the Premier League, and he remains a huge asset to his manager Mauricio Pochettino. His two saves against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in 2017/18 were a case in point: one from point blank to deny Karim Benzema, then an acrobatic stop that kept out Cristiano Ronaldo’s rasping drive.
Television saves or not when you lift the World Cup trophy, and then a few months later you are in the final of the Champions League, you have to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
Club: Juventus FC
Date Of Birth: 28 January 1978
Country Of Origin: Italy
Gianluigi Buffon is a high-profile goalkeeper playing for the Italy national team and Serie A side Juventus. At the national team, Gianluigi Buffon serves as the captain and he is often revered for the professional manner in which he coordinates his team’s defensive line. Without any doubt, Buffon is an old player who has served football for many years. Due to his consistency and long-standing experience, Buffon has become an Italian player with the highest number of caps.
In his career so far, he has had 1000 professional caps –a great milestone no other Italian player has ever crossed. Among all other European international players, Buffon has the highest number of caps and this further gives him the fifth position amongst all-time international footballers with the highest number of caps. Some of the trophies Buffon has helped his team in winning are Coppa Italia (2 times), Serie A (7 times) Supercoppa Italiana (5 times), Ligue 1 (1 so far). Importantly, Buffon is the first goalkeeper to be honoured with the Golden Foot Award. Meanwhile, he has other individual awards including IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper (4 times), IFFHS Best Goalkeeper of the Past 25 Years, IFFHS Best Goalkeeper of the Decade, Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year (11 times), UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year and Best European Goalkeeper (2 times).
A veteran by any standards, Gianluigi Buffon is now aged 42. What else can we say about Buffon? For 17 years, until summer 2018, he was the world’s most expensive goalkeeper of all time, having joined Juventus for an astonishing €52m in 2001.
While it is not unusual to see goalkeepers with his talent, most goalkeepers don’t keep playing at that very top level for so many years. This world cup winner has been around longer than many pundits and analysts have been following the game.
World Cup defeat to Sweden in the knock out stage was an unfair end to the international career of an all-time legend, and yet Buffon handled it all with typical good grace. “It’s disappointing. Not for me,” he said, “but for the football movement, because we failed something that could have been truly important for the country.”
His time is coming to an end, and it looks like he may never lay his hands on that trophy he covets so much: the Champions League trophy. Gianluigi Buffon earns his position on this list due to his back to back league trophies; one with Juventus, and the other with PSG.
Gianluigi Donnarumma is AC Milan’s first-choice goalkeeper. He made his first Milan appearance while he was 16 years old and ever since his debut, he has remained consistent. Despite being an 18-years-old, Donnarumma’s consistency has earned him the milestone of 100 appearances for his Serie A side –AC Milan. In the nearest future, Gianluigi Buffon will call time on his football career but with Donnarumma’s brilliant consistency, Italy has every good reason to dream about a new Buffon.
So far, AC Milan is yet to overcome the underperformances which have kept them lagging behind the Serie A’s Top 4 with Donnarumma himself having made errors. However, through his consistent performance, Donnarumma has succeeded in maintaining his ground in Milan’s squad.
That’s all about the Top 10 Goalkeepers In The World 2020.