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Top 10 Best Goalkeepers In The World 202114 min read

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In this post, we will check out the top 10 best goalkeepers in the world in 2021.

Every year football fanatics are excited to know who is the best goalkeeper in the world. This question not gonna fade away soon. Each year, there has been some exceptional performance by the top goalkeepers.

Goalkeeping is not an easy job for any player especially when you are up against the best players. A goalkeeper can make or break the game with his saves. The modern-day goalkeeper’s must-have attributes like stamina, feet moments, and power.

Goalkeepers have always been an integral part of the team. The role of the goalkeeper is deciding in modern-day football and can make an impactable difference in the team’s results.

The footballing world has seen some of the legend goalkeepers and today we will talk about top 10 goalkeepers who are on the verge of becoming the next great thing.

It’s often considered the dependable goalkeeper helps the team to have the upper hand in the game. So without a further delay let’s go ahead and check out the top 10 best goalkeepers in the world in 2021.

Top 10 Best Goalkeepers In The World 2021

10 Samir Handanovic

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Samir Handanovic is a Slovenian international who currently plays for the Serie A tip club Inter Milan. He is one of the top goalkeepers of his generation and surely one of the tops in the game. He is currently captaining the Inter Milan Side.

His move from Udinese to Inter Milan established him as one of the best goalkeepers of Europe. It would not be wrong to say that he is one of the greats of Inter Milan. Handanovic’s leadership was one of the reasons for Serie A’s glory for Inter Milan this season. 

As a player, he has attributes like Calmness and leadership. He has shown year after year why he is one of the best in the business. His save percentage is something to watch for.

He has played a total of 47 matches for inter Milan and kept a clean sheet on 18 occasions. Handanovic is singlehandedly helping the team to win matches with his goalkeeping skills.

He is the major spark in the team this season. Handanovic is number 10 on our list of the top 10 best goalkeepers in the world in 2021.

9 Keylor Navas

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Keylor Navas is one of the most underrated goalkeepers around the world. His age is not on his side, however, he can still contribute a lot to the team. In terms of reflexes and athleticism, he is on the top comparing it with the other goalkeepers.

Nobody has forgotten his heroic save against Messi in the Champions League last-16 match. His excellent performance is proof there is a lot to come in the future.

His performance may have some ups and downs but without a doubt, he has the safest hands between the sticks. He is also the part of real Madrid team that have won three consecutive Champions League titles between 2016 and 2018.

With so much talent and proving in different leagues and tournaments, he is still not got the appreciation that he needs to get.

Navas has played a total of 45 matches and he had kept a clean sheet on 20 occasions. His performance speaks for itself and he is one of the best goalkeepers for PSG throughout the season.

8 Thibaut Courtois

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Thibaut Courtois is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for the Spanish club Real Madrid and the Belgium national team. He is regarded by many as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

It took Courtois some time in La Liga to settle again for the Real Madrid Side. But he proved from the last 2 seasons as one of the most reliable men between the sticks.

He helped Real Madrid to La Liga glory last season and had a tremendous role in helping the team to fight for Spanish Trophy. Real Madrid signed Courtois for £35 million, becoming La Liga’s most expensive goalkeeper, bettering the record set by Jan Oblak.

The Belgians played a total of 51 games this season and kept the clean sheets 21 times. His performance against Chelsea in the Champions League is greatly appreciated and Real Madrid counting him for the next season.

He is still a long way to go with the age on his side. He continues to improve his goalkeeping skills and his stature is his biggest advantage as a goalkeeper.

The man does not have a great season for the club and the country, however, he is still rated as one of the best goalkeepers around the world. He is number 8 in our list of top 10 best goalkeepers in the world in 2021.

7 Marc-André Ter Stegen

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Ter Stegen is one of the most acrobatic goalkeepers the world has ever seen. He is known for his reflexes, passing, and ball-playing ability, he is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

It takes a lot of effort to be the main goalkeeper for a club like Barcelona. He is a player who is always been compared to the great Manuel Neuer. It’s just a matter of fact when we see Ter Stegen taking the job of goalkeeper in the German national team as well.

He had a similar style of play to Neuer. He used his feet a lot and build the play from the back. It’s a hard season for the german winning only the Copa Del Rey, however, he is still the right man for the job.

He is eyeing the 2022 world cup for his entry to the national team. It will require a lot of effort and performance this season to replace Neuer in the national team.

He is still one of the most consistent goalkeepers at Barcelona and Barcelona also backing him as the first-choice keeper for the club.

Ter Stegen without a doubt is the game-changer for Barcelona across leagues and tournaments. He has shown that he is capable of the goalkeeper position at the club. He is number 7 in our list of top 10 best goalkeepers in the world in 2021.

6 Alisson Becker

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Alisson has done wonders since his arrival at Liverpool. He is the show stopper for the reds for the last couple of seasons. Despite Not having a great season this year he still remains one of the best goalkeepers in the world. 

The Brazilian international has one of the most consistent players for the club and the country. His self-belief and goal-saving techniques and his tendency of being a big game player make him different from others.

His late goal against West Bromwich helped Liverpool to secure the place for Champions League qualification. He has done time after time for the club. His contribution helped the team to win the Champions League and Premier League in recent times for Liverpool.

Alisson might not have all the qualities of a top goalkeeper however his quick feet and string display between the sticks are surely something to watch for. In terms of positioning, he is the best comparing it with the others goalkeepers.

He moved to Liverpool in 2018 for £66.8 million and since then he had never looked back. In the very first season with the club, he proved what he is capable of and won the Premier League Golden Glove Award.

He has played 42 matches for Liverpool this season in which he kept a total of 15 clean sheets Allison’s passing and position surely stand out with the rest of the goalkeepers in Europe. He is number 6 in our list of top 10 best goalkeepers in the world in 2021.

5 Edouard Mendy

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Edouard Mendy is Thomas Tuchel’s magic wizrd. Tuchel’s trust in Mendy’s qualities surely paid off with the Champions League victory against Manchester City.

His arrival from Rennes to Chelsea had done huge wonders at the Stamford Bridge. His addition to the team made the club a serious contender for all trophies.

He had played 45 matches throughout the season and kept a total of 25 clean sheets this is surely the game changer for Chelsea. His sparkling performance also helped the team to finish the season in the top four.

Mendy’s arrival and the Tuchel tactics made the team, which is impossible to attain by the Lampard side earlier.

He quickly proved his worth with the sizzling performance at the biggest stage and finally helped the team to win the UEFA Champions League in his very first season. He is number 5 in our list of top 10 best goalkeepers in the world in 2021.

4 Gianluigi Donnarumma

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Gianluigi Donnarumma does not need any introduction in this list. Milan’s young sensation is all set to leave AC Milan after six spectacular seasons. He is likely to join PSG for the next season.

Donnarumma is surely gonna missed by AC Milan. He is said to be the next Buffon in Making. The 22-year-old has already done and proved his worth for the club and the country.

He became the youngest goalkeeper ever to appear for Italy, aged 17 years and 189 days. Donnarumma represented Italy at UEFA Euro 2020 and helped the team to win the tournament. He is also the player of the tournament for his heroic display throughout the competition.

He had played a total of 251 matches for AC Milan in which he kept 88 clean sheets. His maturity and the composure in the game that too at such a young age is hard to find in any goalkeeper.

It’s hard to find a replacement for Gigi Buffon but it’s easy to say now the teenager would be the future of Italian football. He is number 4 in our list of top 10 best goalkeepers in the world in 2021.

3 Manuel Neuer

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Manuel Neuer is surely the “GOAT” when it comes to goalkeeping. He is rated as one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of the sport. He was named the best goalkeeper of the decade from 2011 to 2020 by IFFHS.

In 2014, Neuer finished third in the voting, behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award. A goalkeeper competing with the goalscorer for Ballon d’Or is something that was seen very rarely.

Neuer has a caliber and different style of play when comparing with the other goalkeepers. Neuer was chosen as Germany’s number one goalkeeper for the 2010 FIFA World Cup which was held in South Africa. During the group stages, he only conceded a single goal.

His form and his performance greatly improved since the arrival of Hansi Flick in Bayern Munich. Neuer’s performance helped Bayern Munich to attain a treble. Since then he is never looking back.

He has played a total of 46 matches in which keep clean sheets on 14 occasions. When he is on mood goalscoring for the players looks difficult.

He started the trend of acrobatic goalkeeping and he is rated as one of the most fearless goalkeepers in the world. Neuer entirely Redefining the Goalkeeping style.

He was also the winner of the 2014 FIFA world cup and was awarded the Golden Glove award for being the best goalkeeper in the tournament.

Neuer also has leadership skills and is a complete show stopper from the back for both Bayern Munich and the Germany national team. He is number 3 in our list of top 10 best goalkeepers in the world in 2021.

2 Ederson

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Ederson is a modern-day great and surely one of the exciting goalkeepers in the world of football. His fearless persona and being tough between the sticks are greatly appreciated by some of the greats in football.

He is surely one of the top goalkeepers in the Premier League. It’s hard to beat Ederson when he is in full flow. Brazilian is surely one of the goalkeepers to look out for. 

His dancing feet and powerful persona stand him apart from the rest of the goalkeepers on the list. Manchester City’s domestic dominance is really influenced by some of the best performances of Ederson.

Ederson’s gameplay gives us a glimpse of Manuel Neuer. He is surely on the verge of becoming one of the great goalkeepers in world football.

Pep Guardiola is a great admirer of the goalkeeper and Ederson never let him down. He is also the winner of last season’s Premier League Golden Glove with 16 clean sheets.

Ederson was chosen in Brazil’s squad for the 2018 World Cup and both the 2019 and 2021 Copa América, winning the 2019 tournament.

He had played a total of 48 matches this season and kept clean sheets on 26 occasions. Ederson is number 2 in our list of top 10 best goalkeepers in the world in 2021.

1 Jan Oblak

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Jan Oblak is ranked as one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of football. In 2015–16 he won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy for best goalkeeper, allowing an all-time record low of 18 goals.

He won the award again in the following three seasons, and for the fifth time in 2021. He is a goalkeeper with the most consistent record in the history of football.

Oblak was also nominated for the 2017 and 2018 Ballon d’Or awards. These all accomplishments speak for themselves. He has kept 159 clean sheets in a total of 303 games he’s played for Atletico Madrid.

Oblak is completely dominating world football with his goalkeeping skills. He is great in shot-stopping and passing. Oblak is also the fastest goalkeeper ever to reach the milestone of 100 clean sheets in LaLiga and he has done that in 182 matches.

He has been named Slovenian Footballer of the Year on five different occasions. Oblak became Laliga’s most expensive goalkeeper when Atletico Madrid signed him for 16 million euros.

Since then, he never looked back and winning matches for Atletico Madrid. His great performance this season helped Atletico Madrid to snatch the La Liga trophy from Real Madrid and Barcelona.

He is surely gonna be the next “GOAT” if he continues to perform at the biggest stage of football. He tops the list of the best goalkeepers in the world in 2021.

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