Ranked! The 10 best goalkeepers in the world
10. Samir Handanovic (Inter)
For the best part of a decade, Handanovic had spent his Serie A career in the shadow of Gianluigi Buffon. Frankly, though, he was quite happy to stay there; unfussily getting on with his job and demonstrating the quiet consistency that has earned him so many admirers in Italy.
The Inter shot-stopper has been ever-reliable while those around him haven’t, and aged 34, has somehow seemed to get better with each season. The Slovenian is proof that you can teach an old dog new tricks, too: under Luciano Spalletti, Inter’s more patient build-up play has forced Handanovic to adjust his game accordingly.
He retired from international duty in 2015 to wave through Atletico Madrid’s brilliant Jan Oblak, but remains essential to his club side and has a contract at San Siro through to 2021.
9. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)
His kicking will always be a stick to beat him with, but Tottenham fans are glad they have Hugo Lloris between the sticks more often than not.
The Frenchman’s ability to pull off breathtaking saves is among the best in the Premier League, and he remains a huge asset to his manager Mauricio Pochettino. His two saves against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in 2017/18 were a case in point: one from point blank to deny Karim Benzema, then an acrobatic stop that kept out Cristiano Ronaldo’s rasping drive.
Lloris still has his moments, as he proved with that bizarre balls-up in the World Cup final against Croatia, but the Bleus skipper was magnificent through the tournament as a whole and deserves his place in this list.
8. Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
Neuer could top this list when fit, but that’s just the thing – before the World Cup he hadn't played since September thanks to a metatarsal fracture.
Former Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn warned against selecting him for Russia 2018, scoffing: "It is actually impossible and unthinkable that he can make a good performance." And he was right: Germany went out in the group stage, losing 2-0 to South Korea after Neuer went walkabout chasing an unlikely equaliser but succeeded only in gifting possession away for the killer goal.
Next season he'll be back between the sticks for Bayern, though – and almost certainly back to the form we've been accustomed to.
7. Ederson (Manchester City)
It’s difficult to remember a goalkeeper emerging quite as impressively as Ederson. The year 2017 was a breakthrough one for the Brazilian net-minder, who earned a €40m move to Manchester City that summer and became the second-most expensive goalkeeper in history.
That came after a phenomenal 2016/17 season at Benfica in which he registered 17 clean sheets – 10 in 2017 – and proved to Pep Guardiola that he was the man to replace Claudio Bravo as a dependable sweeper-keeper. The Catalan was proved right: Ederson was magnificent as City romped to the Premier League title, keeping 17 clean sheets en route.