Written by Andy
Greetings again sports fans and the topic of today will be the top goalkeepers in world football.
Some would say in the past goalkeepers had to be a bit crazy to play in the position and more often than not a lot of great characters in the game played in goal but for me its the most important position on the pitch.
If a striker,midfielder or even defender makes a mistake there is always someone in the position behind them on the pitch to rescue the situation but if a goalkeeper makes a mistake 99% of the time nobody is there to bail him out so its crucial the decisions made by goalkeepers are the correct ones.
So in this piece we will look at who I believe are the top ten goalkeepers in world football today so lets get stuck in
10. Maarten Stekelenburg (Roma & Holland)
A graduate from the world famous youth academy at Ajax, Dutchman Maarten Stekelenburg has very much replaced the legendary Edwin Van der Saar at international level for Holland and continues to impress week in week out for Roma in Italy’s Serie A whom he became the first ever Dutchman to play for Roma. At 30 years old Stekelenburg has plenty time to win more honours and cement his place in history.
9. Samir Handanovic (Inter & Slovenia)
He might not be a household name like some of the other keepers on here but fans of Serie A will know about Handanovic’s sparkling form for Udinese where he became a renowned for his excellent penalty saving record and amazing shot stopping. This form led to Inter Milan letting Julio Cesar move on and to splash out €11M for his services. Currently has 58 Slovenia caps at the writing of this post and at 28 years old has a long time left in the game.
8. Victor Valdes (Barcelona & Spain)
Now I’m not doubting this man’s abilities I have seen him play in the flesh and he is a very sound technician in goal but many believe Barca could do so much better. This can be fair and unfair at the same time as Barcelona for me haven’t always had the best defence to go with their amazing midfield and attack. The fact he is third choice for Spain behind two goalkeepers you will read about soon on this list could explain it all. Now aged 30 Valdes has won everything the game has to offer and has made the most of his ability in his career so far.
7. Pepe Reina (Liverpool & Spain)
For the first time since he moved to Liverpool many have started to question the form of Pepe Reina. A normally excellent shot stopper and very consistent handler of the ball there have been several mistakes from Reina in the past 12 months. Another expert in the field of saving penalties I’m sure its only a matter of time before the 30 year old Spain number two gets back to his best. A keeper of this standing deserves more club honours also so whether that’s with Liverpool or someone else I hope he achieves it.
6. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur & France)
This man is a quality keeper and no doubt will become one of the best in the world someday. If he can produce the form he showed at Lyon with new club Tottenham then I believe he will accomplish that status. Only 25 he is already the France number one with 42 caps at the time of this post. I actually remember him knocking back AC Milan in order to move to Lyon in 2008 which shows a great deal of guts to do so knocking back one of the best clubs in the world. But his path so far has been the correct one and I hope he does well in England.
5. Petr Cech (Chelsea & Czech Republic)
There is no doubt Petr Cech is one of the best keepers of all time, since he moved to Chelsea in 2004 from Rennes he has been unstoppable. Sure there was a spell where his form wasn’t up to his usual high standards but for me last season eradicated that entirely as Chelsea won the Champions League. Still only 30 I believe his trophy count will get higher especially if Chelsea continue their fine start to the season. With 97 caps for the Czech Republic to his name only Karel Poborsky has more but Cech will beat his count of 118 caps I have no doubt.
4. Joe Hart (Manchester City & England)
This man is the inspiration behind this blog. After his amazing performance against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, predictably, the English media were giving it the ‘he is the best in the world’ line which he isn’t yet in fact he is far from it for me. Outstanding shot stopping ability but I do question his distribution and coming out for crosses. He is only 25 and all these things can and I’m sure will improve. The best English goalkeeper by a long way I don’t think anyone will trouble him earning more than his current cap count of 25 which I’m sure will be 26 after today’s rescheduled match with Poland.
3. Iker Casillas (Real Madrid & Spain)
This man is one of my favourite goalkeepers of all time and his consistency has been amazing at the very top level for Real Madrid and Spain. I do believe in recent years there has been a very small decline but that still makes him one of the best in the world due to his high standards. It was a long time ago when Casillas replaced Bodo Illgner as Real number one but the fact he still holds this position shows his excellent quality.
2. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus & Italy)
If it wasn’t for the outstanding number one choice on my list Buffon would be it. There genuinely was nothing in it when I chose this list! Buffon probably is my favourite goalkeeper of all time. A Juventus and Italy legend he has not only won the lot but has shown an incredible act of decent towards his club Juventus when they were relegated to the lower leagues in Italy as part of the match fixing scandal, Buffon along with several other legends stayed with Juve and helped them back to Serie A and they haven’t looked back. The greatest keeper of all time? I think he is easily in the top 3 of best ever and yes strangely enough he only makes number two on my list!
1. Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich & Germany)
Yes I know many of you saw this coming but let me assure you its not down to my bias of Germany and the Bundesliga this man is very much here on merit. Manuel Neuer was outstanding with Schalke and has continued that impressive form with Bayern. When you think of outstanding German goalkeepers like ter Stegen,Ziegler and Adler waiting in the wings and Neuer for me is vastly better than them it shows the quality of his skills alone. He has it all excellent shot stopper,commands the area amazingly well and has terrific distribution. Still only 26 I’m sure Neuer will not only add more honours but will end up at Barcelona or Real Madrid after Bayern Munich in time.
Well I hope you all enjoyed the latest edition and until next time
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