Updated: 22 December 2021
Every year, football fans are eager to find out who the finest goalkeeper in the world is, and the competition is fierce. This is a question that is not going away anytime soon. Top goalkeepers have consistently delivered outstanding performances throughout the course of the season.
Goalkeeping is a difficult task for any player, but it is extremely difficult when competing against the finest players. With his saves, a goalie can make or break a game. Characteristics including stamina, quick foot movements, and power are essential for the modern-day goalie.
Goalkeepers have long been considered to be essential members of the team. In modern-day football, the goalkeeper’s position is critical and may make a significant difference in a team’s overall performance and outcomes.
There have been some legendary goalkeepers in the history of football, and now we will look at the top 5 goalkeepers that are currently the best in the world. It’s often believed that having a trustworthy goalie gives the team an advantage in the game. With that said, let’s take a look at the best 5 goalkeepers in the world for the year 2021 right away.
Ranking Top 5 Goalkeepers In The World 2021
5.Alisson ( Brazil and Liverpool )
Following his performances in the Premier League and UEFA Champions League for Liverpool last season, he was selected to represent the FIFA FIFPRO Men’s World XI for the second time in his professional career. He also played a key role in Brazil reaching the final of the Copa America and qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM with six matches still to play.
Alisson is the sixth goalkeeper in Brazil’s history to have earned 50 international caps.
4.Gianluigi Donnarumma ( Italy and PSG )
Keeping clean sheets in all three of Italy’s group matches and performing well in the penalty shootouts that determined the semi-final against Spain and the final against England, Donnarumma was instrumental in the team’s win at UEFA EURO 2020 in France this summer. In recognition of his efforts, he received the title of Player of the Tournament, which was the first time the accolade had been given to a goalie.
In his last season with AC Milan before joining Paris Saint-Germain, Donnarumma was responsible for the joint-third fewest goals surrendered in Serie A, helping his side to a second-place finish, their best since the 2011/12 campaign.
3.Edouard Mendy ( Senegal and Chelsea )
Due to Mendy’s outstanding performance in the 2018-19 Champions League final, the Frenchman has been crowned the tournament’s Goalkeeper of the Season. He has also played an important role in Senegal’s progress to the last round of the African qualification campaign for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
With nine clean sheets in 12 Champions League games played last season, Mendy tied the tournament record set by Santiago Canizares (2000/01) and Keylor Navas (2015/16) for the most consecutive clean sheets in the competition.
2.Manuel Neuer ( Germany and Bayern Munich )
The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper of 2020, while assisting Bayern Munich to win the Bundesliga last season, establishing a new all-time competition record for clean sheets in the process. With his club, he reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and with Germany, he reached the Round of 16 of EURO 2020. He also assisted his country in becoming the first European nation to qualify for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Neuer featured in six of Germany’s World Cup qualifying matches, and he finished on the winning side in each of them without surrendering a goal. This year has also seen him become the first German goalie to reach the milestone of 100 appearances in international competition.
1.Jan Oblak ( Slovenia and Atletico Madrid )
Among the finest goalkeepers in football history, Jan Oblak is considered to be one of the best. In 2015–16, he was awarded the Ricardo Zamora Trophy as the best goalkeeper in the league after surrendering an all-time low of 18 goals.
In the next three seasons, he won the prize again, and he won it for the fifth time in 2021. A goalkeeper with the most consistent record in the history of football, he is a legend in his own right. Oblak has also been nominated for the Ballon d’Or honors in both 2017 and 2018. All of these achievements stand on their own. In a total of 303 appearances for Atletico Madrid, he has maintained 159 clean sheets, which is a club record.
With his goalkeeping abilities, Oblak has taken over the world of football. He excels at both shot-blocking and distributing the ball. Oblak is also the LaLiga goalkeeper who has achieved the milestone of 100 clean sheets in the shortest amount of time, doing it in just 182 appearances.
He has won the Slovenian Footballer of the Year award five times in his professional career. When Atletico Madrid paid 16 million euros for Oblak, he became the most expensive goalkeeper in the history of La Liga. In the years thereafter, he hasn’t looked back and has continued to win victories for Atletico Madrid. With his outstanding performance this season, Atletico Madrid was able to wrest the La Liga title away from Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.
If he continues to play at such a high level on the largest platform in sports, he will undoubtedly become the “GOAT.” In the year 2021, he is ranked first on the list of the world’s greatest goalkeepers.