Goalkeepers are in the news a fair bit at the moment. England’s Jordan Pickford moved to Everton for an enormous £30 million and Benfica’s goalkeeper made the switch to Manchester City for £34.7 million, making him the most expensive goalkeeper of all time. This looks to be the summer where keepers are the subject of big money moves, especially if Manchester United’s David De Gea leaves for Real Madrid. With all the money spent on goalkeepers, do any make it near or in the top five in the World?
5. Hugo Lloris
This spot was either between Lloris, Cech or Handanovic but for me Lloris slightly edges it. Lloris is the captain of both Tottenham Hotspur and the French national team. The 30 year old is well known for his lightning reflexes, ariel dominance and good decision making. He has become one of the main parts of Tottenham’s recent success and their now solid defence. Unfortunately he doesn’t quite have the trophy cabinet to match his excellent abilities, but nonetheless deserves his spot at the top.
4. Jan Oblak
A year ago Oblak may not have cracked the top 10 or 15 of this list, but his recent form has propelled him to the top of the ladder. Just like Lloris, Oblak is at the heart of one of Europe’s most stubborn defences. In the past three seasons Atletico have conceded the least of any La Liga side and Oblak is one of the men to thank for that. He was brought in to replace Courtois when he eventually went back to Chelsea and since then the Slovenian has surpassed him and all expectations of him. His £14.3 million cost looks like one of the best bargains in modern day football.
3. Gianluigi Buffon
Buffon signed for Juventus in 2001 for £33 million from Parma, a big money move back in those days, but has been worth every penny and more. He has since had an exceptional career with amazing longevity. He has over 1,000 career appearances and 169 international caps. Today at the age of 39 he is still pipped to finish in the top three of the Ballon D’or voting. Buffon currently has 10 Serie A titles and 3 Coppa Italia’s to his name. He also won the World Cup in 2006 with Italy and has competed in a record 5. Many regard him as the greatest goal keeper of all time.
2. Manuel Neuer
Neuer signed for Bayern Munich from Schalke in 2011 for what now seems a bargain £18 million. Since then he has won the Bundesliga 5 times, the Champions League once and the World Cup once. Neuer has invented a new position the ‘sweeper keeper’ sometimes he can be seen on the half way line ready to start a new attack, although this has cost him before, notably against Inter Milan, when Stankovic scored past him with a half way line volley. His distribution of the ball is impeccable and he is known for his cat like reflexes and shot stopping abilities. He is a born winner and deserves to be 2nd, although many will have him at the top.
1. David De Gea
At this point in his Manchester United career De Gea is worth almost 20 points a season to United with the amount of crucial saves he produces. He is the best shot stopper in the world, no question. He has now made the PFA team of the year 4 times out of his 6 seasons and has been the teams number one for the past 3 years. He is now firmly Spain’s number 1 and will be for many years to come. He looks like a bargain at £17.8 million and is sure to sell for triple that these days. If he’s at United next year or Real Madrid, it doesn’t matter, he’s still the best.