Ranked! The 10 best goalkeepers in the world
5. Alisson (Liverpool)
The Brazilian is so good that he keeps out Ederson for his national team, and earned widespread praise in 2017/18 as Roma reached the Champions League semi-finals.
There, the Italians lost to Liverpool – Alisson's new club, what with the Reds having tied up a (then) world record £67m fee last summer. After a season of disastrous goalkeeping at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp identified the 26-year-old as his new No.1 with very good reason.
Reliable, a fine shot-stopper and comfortable in possession – well, most of the time – Alisson is everything that Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius aren't. He's on track to break Liverpool's clean sheet record in a season as the Reds look to land the league title for the first time since 1990.
4. Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)
The biggest compliment you can pay to Courtois is that he doesn’t stand out, and nor does he try to. His excellence comes in his incredible consistency: minute after minute, game after game, month on month.
Rarely is the Belgian pulled up for individual criticism. Mistakes are rare. Simply, he is a centre-back’s dream; a commanding presence who generally does his job with consummate ease, and who has three league titles in two countries to show for it.
Nobody was too surprised when it became clear that even the great Petr Cech would have to make way for Courtois at Stamford Bridge, after three fine seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid. He has done nothing to suggest that faith was misplaced – and Real Madrid took notice.
3. Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)
Ter Stegen’s early career was characterised by some high-profile blunders, but he has now become one of Europe’s most consistent goalkeepers at Barcelona. Really, he should have been Germany's first-choice netminder at Russia 2018, only for Manuel Neuer to get the nod of him on reputation alone.
The former Borussia Monchengladbach keeper combines nimble footwork with fine shot-stopping on a weekly basis, and became one of Barça’s better players as they reclaimed the Liga crown yanked away from them by Real Madrid last season.
Remember, too, that Ter Stegen is still only just 26 – and thus has his best years ahead of him. He’ll be ready and waiting when Neuer hangs up his gloves.
2. David de Gea (Manchester United)
There are plenty who believe De Gea to be the best goalkeeper in the world, and with performances like those against Tottenham in 2018/19 and Arsenal in 2017/18 – the latter a genuinely match-winning, 14-save display – it’s very difficult to argue against it.
During a half-decade of flux at Old Trafford, De Gea has been their only constant: an outstanding performer no matter who he plays with or what changes around him at Manchester United. His three-season dominance of United’s Player of the Season award was only broken in 2016/17 by Ander Herrera, but he reclaimed the prize in 2017/18. De Gea has been named in the PFA Team of the Season for five of the last six seasons, and scooped Match of the Day’s Save of the Season the same number of times since 2013.
He combines the two traits few goalkeepers ever get to boast at the time same: the capability of making gravity-defying saves, and yet also consistency that almost eradicates mistakes from his game. Almost: a dodgy World Cup build-up and subsequent error against Portugal proved that the 28-year-old is human after all.
1. Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)
Finally, football fans are taking notice of the incredible job that Oblak has done as part of Atletico Madrid’s infamously mean backline. Why? Well, that defence isn’t so tough any more.
Atleti’s goalkeeper is now more vital than ever in the Diego Simeone era, and as those around him decline, Oblak continues to get even better.
The Slovenian has it all aged only 26: strong command of his penalty area, expert positioning, brilliant shot-stopping ability and all of it with unerring consistency. His 100th clean sheet for Atletico Madrid came in just his 178th appearance for them. He has won La Liga's Zamora trophy for the last three campaigns, and last season made the Europa League Squad of the Season after helping his team to the trophy.
Oblak is arguably the best goalkeeper in the world right now – and might just stay there for a very long time.