Hello and welcome to all faithful TFM readers. We at TFM are proud to present another one of our featured article and this time we bring to you the list of “The Current Best Goalkeeper In The World”.
We have complied for you a list of goalkeepers that we think and strongly believe are the best in the world at the moment. These goalkeepers are chosen by us at TFM based on their overall achievements and individual brilliance for their club and country.
So, in no particular order, we present to you “The Current Best Goalkeeper In The World”.
Gianluigi Buffon – Juventus & Italy
Gianluigi “Gigi” Buffon born 28th of January 1978 is an Italian international goalkeeper and has won the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Cup, and Serie A.
Buffon is considered by many fans and experts to be one of most dominant and successful goalkeepers in recent history and he was declared by Brazilian legend Pelé to be one of the 125 greatest living footballers in the world.
Buffon has been named the Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year a record eight times.
Iker Casillas – Real Madrid & Spain
Iker Casillas Fernández born 20th of May 1981 is the captain for the Spanish national team which won the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Casillas also won the Golden Glove for the tournament’s best goalkeeper.
Casillas who made his Real Madrid debut at the tender age of 19 has been recognised as one of the best goalkeepers in Europe, illustrated by the many awards he has received. Casillas was nominated for the European Footballer of the Year award twice, ranking fourth overall in 2008 and continuing to be the highest-ranked goalkeeper again in 2009.
At the end of 2009 he was voted into the UEFA Team of the Year for the third consecutive time. As of July 2010 Casillas is one of a very select group of players who have won all major club and national championship titles. In 2010, he was awarded with the Sports Prince of Asturias Award.
Petr Cech – Chelsea & Czech Republic
Petr Cech born 20th of May 1982 plays for Chelsea and the Czech Republic. Cech has received the individual award of Best Goalkeeper in the 2004/2005, 2006/2007 and 2007/2008 seasons of the UEFA Champions League. In addition, he was named in the FIFPro and UEFA Champions League teams of the season in 2006.
Petr Cech currently holds the Premiership record for fewest appearances required to reach 100 clean sheets, having done so in 180 league appearances. He also holds a Czech professional league record of not conceding a goal in 855 competitive minutes.
During the 2004–05 season, ?ech went 1,025 minutes without conceding a goal — a former Premier League record until it was surpassed by Edwin van der Sar of Manchester United on 27 January 2009. ?ech also won the Barclays Golden Gloves in both the 2004/2005 and 2009/2010 seasons.
Rogerio Ceni – Sao Paolo & Brazil
Rogério Mücke Ceni born 22nd of January, 1973 in Pato Branco, Paraná is a Brazilian goalkeeper.
Ceni has been a member of the Brazilian Série A club São Paulo since September 7, 1990, playing more than 900 matches and winning 2 Copa Libertadores trophies and 2 World Club Championship with them.
He is officially recognised by FIFA and the IFFHS as the goalkeeper to have scored the most goals in the history of football which stands at 90.
Edwin van der Sar – Manchester United & Ex-Holland
Edwin van der Sar was born on the 29th of October 1970 and plays for English club Manchester United. He is the most capped player in the Netherlands national football team’s history.
Van der Sar started his senior career with Ajax and remained there for nine years before moving to Italian club Juventus and then to England, first to Fulham and then to Manchester United.
Van der Sar is one of the few footballers to have won the UEFA Champions League with two different teams, having won it with Ajax in 1995 and Manchester United in 2008, the latter where he was named UEFA Man of the match; he also won the UEFA Cup with Ajax in 1992.
Van der Sar was named Best European Goalkeeper in 1995 and 2009, spanning the fourteen-year period between his first and second Champions league victories.
Pepe Reina – Liverpool & Spain
José Manuel “Pepe” Reina born 31 August 1982 currently plays for English Premier League side Liverpool and the Spain national football team.
The son of famed FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid goalkeeper Miguel Reina, Reina began his career with the FC Barcelona youth team and made his La Liga debut in the 2000-01 season.
Reina signed for Villarreal in 2004 but soon moved on to Liverpool and making his debut in 2005. He instantly became first-choice goalkeeper and won his first major honour in 2006, the FA Cup.
He saved three out of four West Ham United penalties in the final to help win the trophy. In 2007, Liverpool reached the Champions League Final, matching the feat achieved by his father in 1974, but they lost to A.C. Milan.
Reina has set a number of goalkeeping records for Liverpool and he won the Premier League Golden Glove award for clean sheets in three of his first five seasons at the club.
Vincent Enyeama – Hapoel Tel Aviv & Nigeria
Vincent Enyeama, born 29th of August 1982 is a Nigerian international football goalkeeper who currently plays for Israeli Premier League club Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Vincent Enyeama justified claims as one of the best shot-stoppers in football at the moment, with a defiant display to restrict Argentina to a 1-0 win in their Group B 2010 FIFA World Cup match.
Enyeama, who was playing his 56th international for the Super Eagles, made six fine saves, four of them from Lionel Messi, and was the major reason for Nigeria coming so close to almost pinching a draw against the two-time world champions.
Despite the loss, he was named Man of the Match. One of the best shot-stoppers in Africa, Vincent Enyeama has been the undisputed first choice between the posts for Nigeria.
Julio Cesar – Inter Milan & Brazil
Júlio César Soares de Espíndola was born on the 3rd of September 1979 currently plays for Internazionale and the Brazilian national squad having won 53 international caps.
In 2009, IFFHS named Julio CESAR as the third best goalkeeper in the world, behind only Iker Casillas and Gianluigi Buffon.
He was also awarded the Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year title in 2009, ahead of Buffon of Juventus and Federico Marchetti of Cagliari and was nominated for the 2009 Ballon d’Or and was voted into 21st place; Casillas was the only other goalkeeper nominated.
Fernando Muslera – Lazio & Uruguay
Néstor Fernando Muslera Micol, born 16th of June 1986 is the goalkeeper for Serie A club Lazio and the Uruguayan national team.
Muslera earned his first cap for Uruguay on October 10, 2009, when he started in Uruguay’s 2–1 away win over Ecuador. The match was Uruguay’s penultimate qualifier for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Muslera made his FIFA World Cup debut against France on June 11th, 2010, Uruguay’s opening game of the tournament and the second game on the opening day of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He kept a clean sheet during all 3 of Uruguay’s group matches (0–0 against France, 3–0 against South Africa, and 1–0 against Mexico).
Muslera was decisive in the quarterfinal match against Ghana, when he saved two penalties at the penalty shootout.
Igor Akinfeev CSKA Moscow & Russia
Igor Vladimirovich Akinfeev, born 8th of April 1986 in Vidnoye is a Russian international football goalkeeper playing in the Russian championship for CSKA Moscow.
Akinfeev broke into the CSKA starting lineup at the tender age of 17, and has been the first-choice goalkeeper at the club ever since, gathering various honors including a UEFA Cup, two National Championships, and the Zvezda trophy, awarded to the best football player from the former Soviet Union.
He is also the captain of CSKA Moscow. In his second Champions League campaign, he went 362 minutes without conceding until a F.C. Porto goal in gameweek 5.
Victor Valdes – Barcelona & Spain
Víctor Valdés i Arribas, born 14 January 1982 is a Catalan football goalkeeper, who plays for FC Barcelona and the Spain national team.
He is the most successful goalkeeper in Barcelona’s history, having won four La Liga titles, two Champions League titles, and one Copa del Rey title.
Before joining the principal team in 2002–03 season, Víctor played for the youth teams and FC Barcelona B and is contracted with Barcelona until 2014.
There you have it. The current best goalkeeper in the world according to us at TFM. What do you think? Did we get the list right or is there a goalkeeper out there that we have missed?
Do let us know if you happen to know a goalkeeper who deserves to be the best goalkeeper in the world at the moment.