Top 10 World's Best Goalkeepers in Football Ranked

Who are the current world best Goalkeepers? Goalkeepers are now invaluable to a team’s style of play as they help build attacks, beat the press and sweep up counter-attacks.

But they will always still be judged on how good they are at keeping the ball out of their net.

With that in mind, Viral magazine have ranked the 10 best goalkeepers in the world right now.

Top10 best goalkeepers in the world right now

1. Jan Oblak - Atlético Madrid

Jan Oblak - Atlético Madrid, World's Best Goalkeeper
World's Best Goalkeeper

  • Born: 7 January 1993
  • Nationality: Slovenian
  • Height: 1.88 m
  • Weight: 87 kg
  • Current teams: Atlético Madrid, Slovenia national football team

Considered to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world by several pundits, Oblak is a tall, athletic, and physically strong keeper, who is mainly known for his speed, quick reflexes, and agility, as well as his reading of the game, and in particular, his excellent handling and ability to come off his line and collect crosses, which enables him to excel in the air and command his area effectively. He has also been praised in the media for his work-rate, outstanding positioning, footwork, shot-stopping abilities, and composure in goal, as well as his overall consistency, leadership, and ability to instill a sense of confidence in his team's back-line.

2. Alisson Becker - Liverpool F.C.

Alisson Becker - Liverpool F.C.

  • Born: 2 October 1992
  • Height: 1.91 m
  • Nationality: Brazilian
  • Current teams: Liverpool F.C., Brazil national football team

Alisson has been praised for his crucial saves, positioning, distribution and consistency, and is regarded as the best shot-stopper in the Premier League, and by some as the best goalkeeper in the world. Alisson cites former Barcelona goalkeeper Víctor Valdés as an inspiration, due to his ability to play out from the back, as well as Manuel Neuer, for his 'sweeper keeper' style. Alisson is also known for his speed and timing when rushing off his line, as well as his ability to clear or challenge for the ball with his feet outside the area, or get to ground quickly to collect or parry the ball inside the box; moreover, due to his distribution, he is capable of playing the ball out from the back quickly with his hands as well as his feet, and also has the ability to launch attacks, or pick out midfielders with his long goal kicks. His skills with the ball at his feet and composure in possession have even seen him take on opponents on occasion, when put under pressure.

3. Thibaut Courtois - Real Madrid C.F.

  • Born: 11 May 1992
  • Height: 1.99 m
  • Weight: 96 kg
  • Nationality: Belgian
  • Current teams: Real Madrid C.F., Belgium national football team
  • Awards: The Best FIFA Goalkeeper

Considered a highly promising prospect in his youth, Courtois subsequently established himself as one of the best players in the world in his position. Due to his wide range of skills, he has been described as a "complete goalkeeper", with few weaknesses. A consistent keeper, he possesses an excellent positional sense, good mentality, composure, strength of character, and an ability to communicate well with his defenders; he also excels in one on one situations, due to his ability to time his runs effectively when rushing out of goal to face opponents, and has even functioned as a sweeper-keeper on occasion. An excellent shot-stopper between the posts, he has also distinguished himself for his agility and quick reflexes, in spite of his size and imposing physique. Due to his height and reach, he excels in the air, and is also known for his command of his area, as well as his excellent technique, anticipation, handling, and confidence when coming off his line to claim crosses. Moreover, he is known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates with long throws.

4. Hugo Lloris - Tottenham Hotspur F.C

Hugo Lloris - Tottenham Hotspur F.C

  • Born: 26 December 1986
  • Height: 1.88 m
  • Nationality: French
  • Current teams: Tottenham Hotspur F.C., France national football team

Lloris is described as a goalkeeper who "boasts lightning reflexes and good decision-making" and is "a formidable opponent in one-on-one situations". Lloris also "commands his box well". His playing style, and in particular his speed when coming off his line to anticipate opponents and clear the ball, has led him to be described as a sweeper-keeper in the media.

5. David de Gea - Manchester United F.C.

David de Gea - Manchester United F.C.

  • Born: 7 November 1990
  • Height: 1.92 m
  • Nationality
  • Current teams: Manchester United F.C., Spain national football team

Regarded as a highly promising prospect in his youth, De Gea soon developed into one of the best goalkeepers in the world, with some in the sport even labelling him as the current best keeper in the world. De Gea grew up playing futsal as an outfield player until the age of 14, which has helped with his footwork; he has also incorporated various futsal goalkeeping techniques in his play style which shows in his ability to make athletic saves with his feet. His unorthodox, yet effective, goalkeeping style of making saves with his feet accredited with changing goalkeeping. An elegant and athletic keeper, De Gea is known in particular for his outstanding reflexes, agility, and shot-stopping ability between the posts, as well as his penchant for saving the ball with his feet, which enable him to produce acrobatic dives and spectacular saves. Former goalkeeper Shay Given labelled De Gea as the best shot-stopper in the world in 2018. 

He has also stood for his consistency, composure, leadership, and his positional sense. Due to his slender frame, he initially struggled at defending high balls as a youngster; often punching balls away rather than holding on to them. He has since shown great improvements in his aerial prowess, handling, command of his area, decision making, and ability to come out and claim crosses, in particular after he developed physically and gained more experience. Furthermore, De Gea is highly regarded for his speed when rushing off his line in one on one situations, which also enables him to function as a sweeper-keeper. In addition to his goalkeeping abilities, De Gea possesses excellent ball control, vision, and distribution with either foot, which enables him to start attacking plays from the back.

6. Marc-André ter Stegen - FC Barcelona

Marc-André ter Stegen - FC Barcelona

  • Born: 30 April 1992
  • Height: 1.87 m
  • Nationality: German
  • Salary: 4.68 million EUR (2019)
  • Current teams: FC Barcelona, Germany national football team

Ter Stegen has been described as a tall, agile and consistent goalkeeper, with quick reflexes, good decision-making and excellent shot-stopping abilities between the posts; he is also strong in the air, good in one-on-one situations, and effective at communicating with his back-line courtesy of his strong personality. Due to his ability to read the game and speed when rushing off his line, he is able to anticipate opponents outside the area who have beaten the offside trap. Being highly competent with the ball at his feet, he is known for his control and accurate distribution of the ball, and often functions as a sweeper-keeper, due to his ability to play the ball out from the back. Moreover, he possesses good fundamental goalkeeping technique, and a strong positional sense. Regarded as a highly promising player in his youth, he has since established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in world football.

7. Ederson Santana de Moraes - Manchester City F.C.

Ederson Santana de Moraes - Manchester City F.C.

  • Born: 17 August 1993
  • Height: 1.88 m
  • Nationality: Brazilian
  • Current teams: Manchester City F.C., Brazil national football team

Ederson has been described as an agile, commanding, and physically imposing keeper, who possesses both physical strength and excellent reflexes and shot-stopping abilities between the posts. He also developed a reputation as a penalty saving specialist during his time with Benfica. However, he is mostly highly regarded for his outstanding distribution and skill with the ball at his feet: his control and confidence on the ball enables him to retain possession and quickly play the ball out from the back on the ground with his hands or either foot – even when put under pressure – or launch an attack with long kicks. Although naturally left-footed, he is capable of using either foot. Regarding his distribution, former Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given described Ederson as "the best goalkeeper in the world with his feet" in 2018; his range of passing has also led to him be described as a playmaker in the media.

He is also very quick when rushing off his line, and often functions as a sweeper-keeper. Regarded as a highly promising prospect, in spite of his young age, he has already stood out for his decision making, consistency, and composure in goal, as well as his ability to organize his defence, and is also an intelligent reader of the game; as such, some in the sport consider him to be one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.

8. Manuel Neuer - FC Bayern Munich

Manuel Neuer - FC Bayern Munich

  • Born: 27 March 1986
  • Height: 1.93 m
  • Nationality: German
  • Current teams: FC Bayern Munich, Germany national football team

Considered by some in the media to be the current best goalkeeper in the world, and one of the greatest goalkeepers both of his generation and of all time, Neuer is widely regarded as a "complete" and modern goalkeeper. He is regarded by some pundits to be the best goalkeeper of the modern era, with Peter Staunton of Goal.com labelling him as "the best goalkeeper since Yashin," who is currently still the only goalkeeper ever to have won the Ballon d'Or.

Neuer was selected as Germany's number one goalkeeper for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. During the group stages, he only conceded a single goal. He provided the assist for Miroslav Klose's opening goal against England, winning 4–1. Four years later, Neuer won the 2014 FIFA World Cup with Germany as well as the Golden Glove award for being the best goalkeeper in the tournament.

9. Samir Handanović - Inter Milan

  • Born: 14 July 1984
  • Nationality: Slovenian
  • Height: 1.93 m
  • Current team: Inter Milan

Regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of his generation, he is one of only four non-Italian keepers to be named Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year, winning the honour three times. During the 2010–11 Serie A season he saved a total of six penalty kicks, equalling an all-time league record set in the 1948–49 season. During the 2019–20 season, he equalled Gianluca Pagliuca's record of most penalties saved in Serie A with his 24th stop. He is nicknamed Batman due to his acrobatic saves.

With 24 saves, he shares the record of most penalties stopped in Serie A with Gianluca Pagliuca, although Handanović has a superior success rate. Former Inter goalkeeper Giuliano Sarti has also praised Handanović for his consistency. In a 2016 interview, Handanović stated that his main influences as a goalkeeper were his cousin Jasmin Handanović and Peter Schmeichel. In 2020, Pasquale Marino described Handanović as "one of the best goalkeepers in the world."

10. Keylor Navas - Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

  • Born: 15 December 1986
  • Height: 1.85 m
  • Nationality: Costa Rican, Spanish
  • Current team: Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

Often considered as one of the world's best goalkeepers,[ the best in the history of CONCACAF, and one of the best in the history of Latin America, Navas has also won numerous individual awards. He was named CONCACAF Men's Goalkeeper of the Year for three consecutive years between 2016 and 2018. His performances in the 2017–18 season earned him the 2017–18 UEFA Club Football Award for best UEFA goalkeeper,[ and also saw him named in the UEFA Champions League squad of the season of 2018.

Navas is an energetic keeper, who is primarily known for his agility, speed, and athleticism in goal, as well as his quick reflexes and excellent shot-stopping ability, which enables him to compensate for his relative lack of height. He has also drawn praise in the media for his decisive performances in important matches, and his penchant for producing difficult and crucial saves for his team in key moments. In 2017, former goalkeeper Manuel Almunia praised Navas, describing him as "the prototype model" goalkeeper, also adding: "He's spectacular between the posts, he's brave, skillful and very agile. He maintains his concentration and he's also intelligent... For me he deserves all the respect he gets for what he's done."

In 2020, Navas cited compatriot Lester Morgan as his goalkeeping idol.


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