Ranked! The 10 best goalkeepers in the world
6. Gianluigi Buffon (PSG)
Aged 40, it’s hard to know what to say about Buffon anymore. For 17 years, until summer 2018, he was the world’s most expensive goalkeeper of all time, having joined Juventus for an astonishing €52m in 2001 – a price tag which somehow came to look like a bargain over the following years.
World Cup play-off defeat to Sweden was an unfair end to the international career of an all-time legend, and yet Buffon handled it all with typical good grace. “It’s disappointing. Not for me,” he said, “but for the football movement, because we failed something that could have been truly important for the country.”
His time is coming to an end, but not yet: Buffon left Juventus to join PSG this summer, having won the Serie A Footballer of the Year prize in November and his eighth league title in May. Is there one final triumph left in the tank?
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 world record £67m fee this summer. After a season of disastrous goalkeeping at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp has identified the 25-year-old as his new No.1 with very good reason.
Reliable, a fine shot-stopper and comfortable in possession, Alisson is everything that Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius aren't – and could turn his new club into genuine Premier League title contenders. The missing piece? Quite possibly.
4. Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)
Ter Stegen’s early career was characterised by some high-profile blunders, but 2017/18 was a genuinely brilliant season in which he became one of Europe’s most consistent goalkeepers at Barcelona. Really, he should have been Germany's first-choice netminder at Russia 2018.
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.
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.