Best goalkeepers in the world.
The goalie’s job isn’t what it used to be, with No. 1s being expected to initiate plays as well as offer the final line of defense in today’s game.
It’s commonly claimed that having a trustworthy goaltender will win you several points each season, and the players listed below are excellent instances of this.
The 10 best goalkeepers in the world
Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)
Since the 29-year-old joined Chelsea in 2020 is one of the best goalkeepers in the world at the moment.
His inspirational performances in the Champions League – particularly his eye-catching display against Real Madrid in the semis – were crucial to the Blues’ European triumph last season and, this term, he’s helped Chelsea to Club World Cup glory in February.
His victory with Senegal in AFCON 2022 elevated him and its impossible to overlook Mendy as the safest pair of hands on the planet right now.
David De Gea (Manchester United)
The Manchester United goalkeeper’s stock has shown Premier League supporters why he was once regarded as the best goalie on the world.
After defeating his competitor for the number one jersey, Dean Henderson, the Spaniard has put in a string of impressive performances in goal for the Red Devils in recent months.
This season, no goalkeeper in the Premier League has made more saves.
Manuel Neuer (Bayern)
A player who finished third in the 2014 Ballon d’Or vote began to deal with chronic foot ailments towards the end of the decade.
Things got to the Bayern Munich and Germany captain, prompting calls for Marc-Andre ter Stegen to take his spot in the national squad.
All of those misgivings and fears have been put to rest, as Neuer – back to his confident best – led Bayern to a triple in 2019/20 before winning the Bundesliga for the seventh time in a succession last season.
Neuer leads the German top flight in sweeper clearances and pass completions this season, demonstrating that he is a valuable asset to Bayern’s aggressive play as well as a capable goalkeeper.
Ederson (Man City)
Ederson is adept at getting City on the front foot, whatever the scenario.
He boasts more clean sheets (14) than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League this season, and the lowest goals against per 90 (0.7). There is room for improvement still when it comes to shot-stopping, but, on his day, Ederson is a monster between the posts for Pep Guardiola’s champions.
Liverpool had a difficult season last year, falling far short of their normally high standards. The absence of Virgil van Dijk caused havoc in an otherwise sturdy backline, but Alisson remained his dependable self in goal and helped provide Champions League football.
His 71 percent save ratio this season ranks him nineth among the division’s goalies; hardly world-class. However, his organization and leadership are a big part of Liverpool’s 0.75 goals against per game record.
Aaron Ramsdale got in the summer after Mikel Arteta sanctioned a €25m bid for the Sheffield United stopper, previously demoted with Bournemouth.
Ramsdale has proved a revelation between the sticks for the Gunners, turning in a series of commanding displays after replacing Bernd Leno back in August.
His passing and composure in possession have been key to Arsenal’s recent renaissance.
Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)
The Slovenian has been on top for Athletico Madrid, but he’s had a poor season.
His 51% save percentage is the lowest of any regular goalkeeper in the Spanish top flight and his unusually wobbly displays have permeated through Athletico’s squad.
Yassine Bounou (Sevilla)
Sevilla are flying high in second place in La Liga and that owes much to the imperious performances of their Moroccan between the posts.
Bounou has the highest save percentage (81%) of any goalkeeper in the Spanish top-flight, and has the lowest goals against per 90 in the division.
The 30-year-old has been sensational this campaign.
Unai Simon (Athletic Bilbao)
Already capped 20 times by Spain, 24-year-old Simon is among the finest young goalkeepers in world football.
The Bilbao youth product replaced David De Gea between the sticks for his nation at Euro 2020 and turned in a number of confident displays both in possession and when forced into defensive action.
Jose Sa (Wolves)
Portuguese gloveman Sa arrived from Olympiacos last summer with the tough task of replacing fan favourite Rui Patricio at Molineux.
He’s slotted in seamlessly, proving himself one of the most capable stoppers in Europe for a stubborn Wolves side.
Sa boasts the best save percentage (84%) in the Premier League, and only the regular no.1s at the current top three have conceded fewer per 90.