One of the hardest jobs is being a goalkeeper and this is a job that not only requires courage but also some intelligence to avert an incoming goal. A goalkeeper usually is the heart of the team but unfortunately they rarely get the credits they deserve unlike their counterparts the forwards and attacking midfielders who are praised for their electrifying goals.
There a number of good football goalkeepers around the globe today but we have come up with a list of the top 10 best goalkeepers in the world as of 2021 and here it is.
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- 10. Jasper Cillessen ( Barcelona Netherlands)
- 9. Claudio Bravo (Barcelona and Chile)
- 8. Joe Hart (Torino and England)
- 7. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham and France)
- 6. Petr Cech (Arsenal and Czech Republic)
- 5. Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea and Belgium
- 4. Iker Casillas (Porto and Spain)
- 3. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus and Italy)
- 2. David De Gea (Manchester United and Spain)
- 1. Manuel Neuer (Bayern Germany)
10. Jasper Cillessen ( Barcelona Netherlands)
The Dutch is the first choice goal keeper for his national team Netherlands and also a goalkeeper at the giant Spanish club FC Barcelona. He is the second Dutch goalkeeper in history to join FC Barcelona. Before joining Barcelona for €13 million, Vincent has been into several clubs as a goalkeeper among them being NEC and Ajax. On the individual capacity Vincent has been honoured Gelderland footballer of the year in 2011, Gillette Player of the Year 2014, AFC Ajax Player of the Year 2015/16. On a club level and international level he has helped his team win Eredivisie: 2012,/13/14 and led Netherlands to finish on third place in 2014 FIFA World Cup.
9. Claudio Bravo (Barcelona and Chile)
The captain of the team that won Copa America in 2015 and 2016 is one of the best goalkeepers we have on the planet. He is the captain of Chile national team and currently the Manchester city premier league club goal keeper. Before joining Manchester city Bravo has been a goalkeeper at Colo-Colo, Real Sociedad and Barcelona.as an individual some of the honours that portray him as one of the world’s finest are 2016, 2015 Copa America best goalkeeper, 2008-2009 Ricardo Zamora Trophy and in respect to club honours he has won 2 La Liga titles between 2014-2016, 2 Copa del Rey between 2014-2016, FIFA Club World Cup in 2015 and a UEFA Super Cup in 2015.
8. Joe Hart (Torino and England)
The man who has won the most golden gloves in the premier League and currently the goalkeeper of Serie A Club Torino which he is under a loan from Manchester city is one of the best goalkeepers in the world today. He is also the England national team Goalkeeper and a first choice goalkeeper for that matter. Other than Manchester city Hart has been a goal keeper at Birmingham City, Blackpool, and Tranmere Rovers. Hart success has been can be attributed by the honours he has received such as golden gloves 2010 to 2015, he has also been named severally Manchester city player of the month and during his time with Manchester city he has helped them win premier league title in 2011-2012, and 2013-2014, he also helped them win FA cup 2010-2011, and 2 league cups between 2014-2016.
7. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham and France)
Regarded as one of the best goal keepers there is in the world Hugo Lloris is both the captain of French national football team and also Tottenham Hotspur English club. He is described as a goal keeper who makes the right decision at the right time and one with lightning reflexes. Some of the individual honours Hugo has received are 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12 Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12 Ligue 1 Team of the Year.in 2010 he is the man behind France success to qualify for world cup and more than often he receives great praises from the media.
6. Petr Cech (Arsenal and Czech Republic)
The Czech Republic national and recently retired from playing international football for his country though he is the first choice goalkeeper for London based club Arsenal is one of the finest most experienced goalkeepers in the world. Before joining arsenal Cech had played for teams such as Rennes, Chmel Blšany, Sparta Prague and Chelsea. At Chelsea peter had made nearly 100 appearances winning four FA Cups, One UEFA Europa League, four Premier League titles, three League Cups, and one UEFA Champions League. Such a professional goalkeeper must have individual records and some of them are; he is the most capped prayer in the history of Czech Republic national team with about 124 caps, holds the premier league record for having the fewest appearances required to reach 100 clean sheets. Some of the hours he has received that make him one of the best are Premier League Golden Glove winner four times, UEFA Club Football Awards Best Goalkeeper thrice, Czech Footballer of the Year nine times, IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper, among honours.
5. Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea and Belgium
One of Belgium’s finest who plays for the Belgium national team and today is the first choice goalkeeper for Chelsea FC is another great goalkeeper. After playing in Genk Chelsea bought him and immediately loaned him to Atletico Madrid. in Atletico Madrid Thibaut he won a the Europa League, the Super Cup, La Liga, and the Copa del Rey and later Chelsea recalled him in 2014.after his return in Chelsea he helped the team win a Premier League title, and a Capital One Cup.at an individual’s levels some of the honours he has received are 2015 London Football Awards Goalkeeper of The year, 2013 La Liga Goalkeeper of the Year LFP Awards, and 2014, 2013 Best Belgian Player Abroad among others.
4. Iker Casillas (Porto and Spain)
One of the finest most admired and respected goalkeepers in their country and around the world is the Spanish national team goalkeeper and still the club Porto player. Before joining Porto Casillas has been a Real Madrid club captain and during his time he won FIFA Club World Cup, 3 UEFA Champions League titles, 2 Intercontinental Cups, 5 La Liga titles, 2 UEFA Super Cups, 4 Supercopa de España titles and 2 Copas D’el Rey.as a captain of Spain national team he lead them in winning 2010 World Cup, and 2 European Cups. Casillas moved from real Madrid having been the second most capped player of all time and in his country he is the player with most caps. This man is considered the most successful greatest goalkeeper of all time and this can be attested the fact that he has been named IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper for 5 times, Best European Goalkeeper 2010, FIFA World Cup Golden Glove 2010, La Liga Best Goalkeeper twice, and he holds the record of most appearances in FIFPro World XI and UEFA Champions League
3. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus and Italy)
The captain of Italy football national team and Juventus Seria A club is one of the most respected and best goalkeepers there is in the planet today.as an individual he has achieved miles that few have been able to achieve such as making 1000 professional career appearance, most capped player of all time in Italy, fifth most capped male international football player of all time, and as if that’s not all he is the most capped European international prayer ever. People know him as the vocal organizer of the defence and indeed good in shoot stopping. To date Gianluigi Buffon is the most expensive goalkeeper there’s in the planet as he was sold from Parma to Juventus for 53 million euros.
Due to his prowess he holds the record of the cleanest sheets in Serie A, he has won 5 Supercoppa Italiana titles with Juventus, 7 Serie A titles, 2 Coppa Italia titles among others. At an individual level such a goalkeeper must have numerous awards and true to this statement he has been awarded 11 Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year Awards, 2 Best European Goalkeeper, 1 UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year, 1 IFFHS Best goalkeeper of the decade, 1 IFFHS Best goalkeeper of the past 25 years, 4 IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper among many others. Most recently he became the first goalkeeper in history to win the Golden Foot Award.
2. David De Gea (Manchester United and Spain)
Born in 1990 in Madrid Spain David De Gea plays for Spain national team and he is currently the goal keeper for Manchester united English club. Today De Gea is usually seen as one of the best goalkeepers in the world which can be proven by his track record. On team honours De Gea has won 3 community shields, 1 FA cup 2016, a premier league cup 2013, and an EFL Cup in 2017. At the individual level he been honored with Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, Manchester United Players’ Player of the Year: 2013/14, 2014/15, Premier League PFA Team of the Year: 2012/13, 2014/15, 2015/16 among others. Before moving to Manchester united De Gea was the first choice goal keeper of Atletico Madrid where he helped them win UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup in 2010.
1. Manuel Neuer (Bayern Germany)
In our list of top 10 best football goalkeepers in the world Manuer neur takes the lead as the best and most complete goalkeeper of all time. He is a German Born in 1986 the current captain of German national team and the vice-captain of his current club Bayern Munich. He is nick named Sweeper keeper for his speed and playing style. Manuer prowess can be attributed by his honors such as h has won IFFHS world’s best goalkeeper award a title he has won since 2013, to 2015, he has also won the2014 FIFA World Cup, German championship 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, DFB Cup 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, German player of the year 2011, 2014, Golden glove for best keeper at 2014 world cup, Champions league 2013 among others. Before joining Bayern Munich Manuer was a goal keeper at FC Schalke 04 (1991 – 2011).
Though it’s the most important position, yet unfortunately the most underappreciated position goalkeepers are the core strength of a team. That person who sits on the back just protecting the net that’s the backbone of any team. Let’s all learn to appreciate our favorite team goalkeepers since without their magical saves the team would be nothing.