Goalkeepers are one of the key players on the football field who on several occasions determine the result of the match. Ironically, if a team wins a match, goalkeepers rarely get accolades for the result. Yet it is heartening to see that some goalkeepers are now getting the credit they truly deserve. Down are four highly rated goalkeepers in Europe’s top five leagues.
4. Keylor Navas
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Keylor Navas is one of the best goalkeepers in Real Madrid’s history. Having joined the club in 2014, Navas succeeded legendary goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Navas played an instrumental role in helping Real Madrid win 3 consecutive Champions League titles in a row.
Despite winning major tournaments for them, it is surprising Real Madrid have picked Thibaut Courtois ahead of their proven campaigner Navas. Yet, Navas has the support of the Madrid faithful and is still highly rated.
3. Jan Oblak
Jan Oblak is underrated.
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Jan Oblak has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in LaLiga and has played a crucial role in the rise of Atletico Madrid under manager Diego Simeone. Having joined the club in 2014, Oblak has won 1 Europa League title for them and a Champions League runner-ups medal.
Having so many qualities, Oblak has gotten the attention of big clubs like Chelsea and other elites in Europe. He is the type of player who rarely likes to hog the limelight but still is rated quite well in LaLiga.
2. Marc-Andre ter Stegen
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Marc ter Stegen is one of the best goalkeepers in the world at the moment. With counter-attacks by opponents being Barcelona’s main defensive weakness, the presence of Ter Stegen has certainly helped them in many situations.
It was quite an intriguing decision by Germany’s manager Low to start the out of form Neuer ahead of the in-form Ter Stegen at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. In spite of being neglected by Low, Stegen is highly respected by the Barca faithful and is admired greatly for his goalkeeping abilities.
1. De Gea
Happy birthday @D_DeGea— Manchester United’s player of the year in:
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De Gea has over the years established himself as one of the most important and senior players at Old Trafford. His goalkeeping performances have rescued Manchester United in tricky circumstances.
For his outstanding goalkeeping performances which helped United finish 2nd on the league table last year, De Gea was awarded the 2017-18 Premier League Golden Glove award. De Gea is greatly adored by United fans for his service and contribution to the club. In world football, De Gea is recognised as one of the best in the business.