On Tuesday, I took some time to watch some of the Paris Saint-Germain versus Chelsea game. While I was watching the second half, I couldn’t help but notice Thibaut Courtois’ performance. I thought he was the best player on the field.
After the game, I sat down and listed some of the best goalkeepers in the world. I have spent a lot of time thinking about this, so here are the five best goalkeepers in the world right now:
5. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus and Italy)
He’s one of the best goalkeepers in a one-on-one situation and has reveled in his longevity between the posts. He made his debut for the Italian national team in 1997 and shows no sign of slowing down. In November 2014, he won his 146th international cap. It’s safe to say the 32.5 million pounds Juventus paid for him from Parma in 2001 was smart business.
4. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur and France)
He was signed from French club Lyon on deadline day in summer 2012. He is currently the captain of the French national team and has been a steady performer for both his country and Spurs. Lloris, 28, can deal with the aerial ball to good effect, and he impressed at the World Cup last summer by leading France to the quarterfinals after a disastrous showing in 2010.
3. David De Gea (Manchester United and Spain)
De Gea, 24, moved to Old Trafford from Atletico Madrid for 18 million pounds, a British record for a goalkeeper, in 2011. He has since blossomed into one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and, under manager Louis van Gaal, he’s thrived. He made his Spain debut in 2013 and now has three caps to his name. He looks likely to replace Iker Casillas as Spain’s long-term goalkeeper, but could he also replace Casillas at Real Madrid, too? Time will tell.
2. Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea and Belgium)
Courtois, 22, signed for Chelsea in 2011 but was the understudy to Petr Cech, so he was sent out on loan to Atletico Madrid on multiple occasions. He helped Atletico win La Liga and reach the UEFA Champions League final last season. He starred for Belgium at the World Cup, and he even did well against Chelsea in last season’s UCL semifinal. All of his sterling performances convinced manager Jose Mourinho to recall him for good. He’s passed Cech as Chelsea’s No. 1.
1. Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich and Germany)
Neuer stepped in for the injured Rene Adler on the eve of the 2010 World Cup and his career has thrived ever since. He signed for Bayern from Schalke for 18 million pounds and was named in the 2014 World Cup team of the tournament as Germany won its first title since 1990. Many people have suggested that he has redefined the position as he possesses superb sweeping and distribution skills.