The best goalkeepers in world football

Look, compiling a list of the 25 best players in any position is really difficult.

But it’s a whole lot of fun and stirs debate – and that’s what football’s about, right?

So here’s your current list of the top 25 goalkeepers on the planet at the moment, as judged by 90min.

Jose Sa

A cheeky smile / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Bruno Lage has overseen an impressive defensive revolution at Wolves, but he couldn’t have done it without Jose Sa.

Rui Patricio’s abilities were waning and the Molineux club were right to shift him to Roma, as Sa has come in and proven to be among the Premier League’s best goalkeepers already.

Gregor Kobel

Kobel has impressed for Dortmund / Stuart Franklin/GettyImages

Despite the embarrassment of riches Borussia Dortmund have boasted in attack over the years, they’ve never really had a top shot stopper.

But Kobel could be the man to finally end BVB’s fears. Still only 24, the Switzerland international has been in impressive form since arriving from Stuttgart last summer.

Jordan Pickford

What a hilarious chap / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Despite spending much of his Premier League career as a meme, Pickford has undergone quite the redemption arc in the last year.

He’s quietly improved his reliability and remains as useful as ever in possession, while he was one of the top players at Euro 2020 and would have become a national hero had that final shootout ended in an England win.

Yassine Bounou Bono

Here comes Bono / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Morocco international Yassine Bounou – commonly known as Bono – has emerged as one of the finest stoppers in La Liga since his move to Sevilla.

He performed heroics as his side won the Europa League in 2020 (Manchester United fans may still remember the semi-final) and he’s continued his form since.

Samir Handanovic

Handanovic is now a Scudetto winner / Nicolò Campo/GettyImages

Inter legend Samir Handanovic is showing a few signs of letting up, but at least it’s not to the detriment of his team. 

The Nerazzurri won Serie A last season and it was the first major honour of his career. There may be a few more to come…

Koen Casteels

Casteels is quite literally massive / Stuart Franklin/GettyImages

If not for Thibaut Courtois, then Wolfsburg’s Koen Casteels would definitely have more than his measly three caps for Belgium so far in his career.

Unfortunately, he’ll have to deal with being their second-choice for a little while longer. But at least he’s done enough to get a ranking on this list, eh?

André Onana

Onana recently returned from a drug ban / BSR Agency/GettyImages

Though he’s only recently returned from a year-long ban and has fallen out of favour at Ajax, Onana has built up enough stock in recent years and deserves his place on this list.

He’ll join up with Inter in the summer of 2022.

Unai Simon

Athletic knew they had a ready made replacement for Kepa / BSR Agency/Getty Images

A regular in the Spanish national team, Unai Simon is deserving of his place in the top 25 – even if that error at the Euros might follow him around for a while.

An indispensable piece in Athletic’s effective footballing machine is Unai Simon who has stepped seamlessly into Kepa’s jersey since he left for Chelsea.

Yann Sommer

Sommer is one of the Bundesliga’s top goalkeepers / Stuart Franklin/GettyImages

Borussia Mönchengladbach have performed miracles in the Bundesliga in recent seasons, despite their modest budget. Their resolute defending has been a feature of their success.

When teams finally do break through their stoic resistance, it also helps to have a keeper as talented as Yann Sommer – widely regarded as the BuLi’s best (apart from the obvious one) – between the sticks.

He was great for Switzerland at Euro 2020 and continued his form into this season too.

Kasper Schmeichel

Schmeichel remains solid for Leicester / James Williamson – AMA/GettyImages

Stepping up as captain in the absence of Wes Morgan has had no negative effect on Kasper Schmeichel’s performances for Leicester.

The Denmark international has seen it all during his stint at the King Power Stadium and remains a key cog in Brendan Rodgers’ side and one of the Premier League’s most reliable stoppers.

Peter Gulacsi

Leipzig’s number one is worthy of his place in this list / Boris Streubel/Getty Images

He may be one of the oldest looking 31-year-olds of all time, but there’s no doubting Peter Gulacsi is pretty good at this whole goalkeeping thing.

His footballing journey is not the most conventional. After being signed by Liverpool in 2008, the Hungarian spent time on loan at Hereford United a year later.

Wonder if he ever thought he’d be playing in the Champions League while standing in the freezing cold at Edgar Street? Quite the story that. 

Wojciech Szczesny

Szczesny has established himself as a top stopper / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

Slipping into the gloves of Gianluigi Buffon was never going to be easy but Wojciech Szczesny has completed the transition convincingly for the most part.

The Polish stopper was excellent for Roma after departing Arsenal in 2015 and he has continued to impress in Turin. He’s had some slip ups with Juventus more recently though.

Emiliano Martinez

Martinez’s rise has been stark / Clive Mason/GettyImages

What a rise it’s been for Emi Martinez.

Thrust into the Arsenal spotlight in the back end of last season, the Argentinian took the move to Aston Villa to play regular football and has proven he’s really, really bloody good.

So good, in fact, that he’s become Argentina’s number one, played a big part in winning them the Copa America and earned Leo Messi’s respect. Respect.

Marc Andre Ter Stegen

It’s been a rough few years for Barcelona but their goalkeeper is still brilliant / Eric Alonso/GettyImages

Razor sharp reflexes, wrists like steel, distribution like Andrea Pirlo and a really cool name. 

These are just a few of the things that make Marc-Andre ter Stegen one of the best goalkeepers in the world. 

Barcelona are in dire need of a rebuild but can take solace in the fact that goalkeeper is one position that does not need to be touched. Not for now, anyway…

Mike Maignan

Hugo Lloris’ long term replacement in net for France? / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

Milan had a huge goalkeeper-shaped hole to fill last summer (more on that later), but since Mike Maignan rocked up to San Siro, the Rossoneri have looked as solid as ever.

The French stopper is now firmly the best goalkeeper in Serie A.

Hugo Lloris

Lloris has spent nearly a decade at Spurs / Visionhaus/GettyImages

After signing a contract extension recently, World Cup-winning captain will be due a testimonial with Spurs this summer.

Why he’s chosen to remain at the club is beyond even the belief of their fans.

David de Gea

De Gea is often Man Utd’s hero / Nathan Stirk/GettyImages

After a rough 2020/21 campaign, David de Gea has returned to his game-saving best this season.

Man Utd’s defence may be as porous as ever but at least they can lean on the Spaniard to help dig themselves out of the holes they keep digging.

Keylor Navas

Navas still gets his share of game time / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages

Obscure footballing nations often produce talented goalkeepers and Costan Rican stopper Keylor Navas is a case in point. 

After being somewhat unfairly replaced at Real Madrid by Thibaut Courtois for not being quite Galactico enough, Keylor Navas has established himself at Paris Saint-Germain, but remains in a battle for his spot…

Gianluigi Donnarumma

Donnarumma is fulfilling his potential / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Now this lad has a bright future.

Leaving boyhood club Milan for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, Gigio’s future looks to be carved out. He and Navas have been rotated throughout the season but the lanky Italian will certainly usurp him as undisputed first-choice before too long.

We haven’t even mentioned Italy yet – Donnarumma was a key part of the Azzurri team which won Euro 2020, and he was given player of the tournament too. Some career ahead.

Jan Oblak

Oblak has looked shaky recently / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

There are times watching five-time Zamora Trophy winner Jan Oblak when you might genuinely believe that he has the power to attract the ball towards his hands.

It’s like his gloves have their own gravitational pull.

However, he hasn’t looked his formidable self this season while his competitors have thrived, so unfortunately he sits just outside the top five.

Thibaut Courtois

Courtois remains formidable / Catherine Steenkeste/GettyImages

After a shaky opening at Real Madrid, Thibaut Courtois has been in exemplary form recently.

Courtois’ really long limbs and good goalkeeping ability have saved Los Blancos on a fair few occasions in recent seasons, and he even scooped the Zamora trophy in 2020.

Ederson

Ederson has incredible distribution / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

When Pep Guardiola made a cheeky remark about Ederson being the best penalty taker at Manchester City everyone believed him – such is the technical ability of the Brazilian stopper. 

Wouldn’t it be great to see him given a run out up front, David James style? He’d probably score a brace.

But he’s a quality keeper and playing in front of an uncharacteristically mean Manchester City defence at the moment.

Edouard Mendy

Mendy’s rise has been phenomenal / Matthew Ashton – AMA/GettyImages

Chelsea’s current number one is deserving of his presence here following his arrival and subsequent Stamford Bridge success.

Mendy is something of a late bloomer in a football sense, but has really shown his worth since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival.

They’re rock solid at the moment and Mendy even won the Champions League last season – sealing an incredible rise to prominence.

Alisson

Alisson is among the Premier League’s finest stoppers / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

When Liverpool spent nearly £70m on Alisson back in 2018, social media was awash with jibes from rival fans questioning the size of the fee. 

But they’re not laughing now…

The Brazilian has proved to be a game-changing upgrade to Loris Karius, straddling the attributes of both a sweeper-keeper and traditional stopper perfectly.

He’s also played his part in Liverpool becoming Premier League, European and world champions in recent seasons. Worth the money, for sure.

Manuel Neuer

Neuer is back to his best after struggling with injuries late in the 2010s / Sebastian Widmann/GettyImages

Manuel Neuer played a big role in the modern reinvention of the goalkeeping position and he remains one of the very best sweeper-keepers in the business today.

He’s only got a few years left, but this man is as good as he’s ever been.

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