TOP 14 BEST GOALKEEPERS IN THE WORLD 2018
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. ( Best Goalkeepers In The World 2018 ).
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 14 Best Goalkeepers in the World based on the latest rankings.
TOP 14 BEST GOALKEEPERS IN THE WORLD 2018
1. David De Gea
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.
2. Jan Oblak
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 just 86 appearances for Atletico Madrid, Jan Oblak recorded his 50th clean sheet. Besides this feat, Oblak is just 24 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.
3. Gianluigi Buffon
Gianluigi Buffon is a high-profile goalkeeper playing for the Italy national team and Serie A side Juventus. At both teams, 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 doubts, Buffon is an old player who has served football for many years. Due to his consistency and long-standing experience, Buffon has become the 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). 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).
4. Manuel Neuer
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, coupled with slight injuries, has placed him behind the trio of David De Gea, Jan Oblak, and Gianluigi Buffon. 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 2014 World Cup, German Player of the Year (2 times 2011 and 2014). Some of the significant trophies Neuer has won are 2013 Uefa Champions League, DFB Cup (four times), German Championship (four times) and 2014 FIFA World Cup.
5. Iker Casillas
Iker Casillas is the shot-stopper of Portuguese side Porto FC and the Spain national team. He is recognized as one of the best goalkeepers ever produced by Spain. Prior to his move to his current team –Porto FC –Iker Casillas made huge success as Real Madrid’s captain and goalkeeper. His spell at Madrid earned him notable trophies including UEFA Super Cup (2 times), FIFA World Club Cup, Copa del Rey (2 times), Supercopa de Espana (4 times), La Liga (5 times), Intercontinental Cup (2 times) and UEFA Champions League (3 times).
At the international level, Iker Casillas captained the Spanish squad that won 2 European Cups and 2010 World Cup. In Spain, Iker Casillas maintains an unparalleled achievement as the player with the highest number of caps. Undeniably, Casillas’ gargantuan success makes him one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of football. Some of the individual awards he holds are La Liga Best Goalkeeper (2 times), 2010 FIFA World Cup Golden Glove, 2010 Best European Goalkeeper and IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper (5 times).
6. Thibaut Courtois
Thibaut Courtois is a professional player of Belgian descent. He serves as the first-choice goalie at the Belgium national team as well as Chelsea FC of England. Individually, some of the awards Courtois has claimed are 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.
7. Petr Cech
Petr Cech is an experienced goalkeeper from the Czech Republic. Prior to his retirement from international games, Petr Cech was the first-choice goalkeeper of his country. At the club-level, Petr Cech serves as Arsenal’s first-choice shot-stopper. His long-standing years in football –particularly at Chelsea FC –make him one of the world’s most experienced goalies. In his professional career so far, Petr Cech has received impressive individual honours including IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper, UEFA Club Football Awards Best Goalkeeper (3 times), 4 EPL Golden Glove awards and 9 Czech Footballer of the Year award. Above all that, Petr Cech has 124 caps making him the Czech player with the highest number of caps. Obviously, Petr Cech earned most of his football success at Chelsea where he won the English Premier League (4 times), the FA Cup (4 times), the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and three League Cups.
It’s quite surprising to see how newly-signed Ederson has displaced Claudio Bravo as Man City’s first-choice goalkeeper. 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 a 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 Ederson is 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.
9. Hugo Lloris
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 2010 World Cup. Though Hugo Lloris is yet to win any important trophy, 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).
10. Joe Hart
Joe Hart is a professional who plays as a goalkeeper for the England national team and a Serie A side Torino. He is greatly acclaimed for having won the EPL golden glove more than any other goalkeeper. Though Joe Hart is currently on loan from Man City to Torino just to have enough playing time, the brilliant shot-stopper remains England’s first-choice goalkeeper. Through his career at Man City, Joe Hart has proven his football prowess as a brilliant goalkeeper. Some of his individual honours at Man City include Man City Player of the Month –which he won a number of times –and EPL golden glove (5 times). As regards significant trophies, Joe Hart has won 2 League Cups, 1 FA Cup and 2 EPL titles.
11. Claudio Bravo
Claudio Bravo is a professional goalkeeper who plays for Man City of England and the Chile national team. As a goalie, he led the Chile national team to two consecutive Copa America victories in 2015 and 2016. Prior to his move to Man City, Claudio Bravo had played as a goalkeeper for a number of football clubs including Real Sociedad, Colo-Colo, and Barcelona. His years at Barcelona earned him important trophies including 2015 UEFA Super Cup, 2015 FIFA Club World Cup, Copa del Rey (2 times) and the Spanish La Liga (2 times). As part of his individual honours, Claudio Bravo was named Copa America Best Goalkeeper in 2015 and 2016.
12. Jasper Cillessen
Jasper Cillessen is a Dutchman and the first-choice shot-stopper of the Netherlands national team. At the club level, he currently plays as a goalkeeper for Spanish giants Barcelona. Jasper Cillessen was part of the squad which bagged third-place victory for Netherland at the 2014 World Cup. Individually, he has won awards including 2014 Gillette Player of the Year, 2011 Gelderland Footballer of the Year and 2015/16 Ajax Player of the Year.
13. Samir Handanovic
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.
33-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.
14. Gianluigi Donnarumma
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.
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