Goalkeepers are often regarded as the last line of defense and very often prove vital if a team is to attain success in football.
The best of them, keep for the best clubs due to their heroics and often earn big bucks. The interesting thing about goalkeeping is that they get better with age, unlike other professions in football and even last longer in the game. In this article thus, we examine the top seven goalkeepers in the world of football in reference to FIFA;
7. Jan Oblak, Atletico Madrid (87);
When you play in one of the best defensive teams in the world, you are definitely not expected to concede much but the fact is, Jan Oblak is also one of the reasons why Atletico Madrid has conceded the least number of goals in Europe’s top five leagues. Since replacing Coutois in 2014, he has displayed an incredible athleticism, making crucial saves that makes in one of the best around.
6. Hugo Lloris, Tottenham Hotspur (88);
He was highly regarded and was touted as the new Fabian Barthez before signing for Tottenham in 2012 and has really lived up to the billing. His rise has seen him become the captain of both the French National team and Tottenham Hotspur. One of the goalkeepers that just keeps getting better.
5. Petr Cech, Arsenal (88);
The consistency this man has displayed in the last ten years is incredible and is a perfect defination of a red wine, the older it is, the fresher it is. His incredible consistency has been vital in Arsenal’s push for titles and the leadership qualities he brings to the fore will be vital for Arsene Wenger.
4. Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus (88);
Since my early days of following football in the late 90’s, i’ve been amazed by the Italian’s ability, almost twenty years after, he still displays them and doesn’t even look like someone who is ready to hang his boots yet. He will definitely be the best goalkeeper of our generation when he eventually does.
3. Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea (89);
Courtois is a great goalkeeper but the fact is, his quality has regressed in the past year and is basically top of this list because of his previous heroics. Hopefully he can get himself back to the level he used to be and prove why he is this high up the list.
2. David De Gea, Manchester United (90);
The Manchester United goalkeeper is the second on this list and could also easily be number one because of his heroics for a club that has struggled in recent years since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. His heroics has seen him become the club’s player of the year in the past three seasons and he doesn’t look like relenting on such laurels.
1. Manuel Neuer, Bayern Munich (92);
He is rated as the best goalkeeper in the world and deservedly so. The German international puts up consistent impressive performancxes which has been vital for his club and country. His ability to also play with the ball is something that distinguishes him from every other goalkeeper.