Ranked! The 10 best goalkeepers in the world
Please note: Player slides taken from our overall list of the FFT100
10. Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan)
Donnarumma is only 18 but has already racked up 100 appearances for Milan, having made his debut at the ludicrous age of 16 and started every game since for the Rossoneri. Italy will mourn the retirement of Gigi Buffon, but fans already know their future is in safe hands.
The year 2017 wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows, though. Donnarumma has mainly risen above Milan’s continued underachievement, but has suffered from errors of his own – although it’s testament to his regular excellence that each one is so surprising. And not even Buffon is perfect.
Rumours of a move to Real Madrid won’t go away, and Donnarumma – a prized client of Mino Raiola – infuriated Milan fans in the summer after taking his time to extend his contract at San Siro. Either way, though, the Italian giants won’t be able to keep up with their young keeper’s progress for much longer.
9. Samir Handanovic (Inter)
As Donnarumma knows all too well, it’s hard being in Buffon’s shadow. In truth, though, Samir Handanovic is probably quite happy to stay there for the time being; 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 33, he somehow seems to get better with each season. The Slovenian is proof that you can teach and 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.
8. 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 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.
Overall 2017 wasn’t vintage for Lloris, but he often produces his best when Spurs need him most.
7. Ederson (Manchester City)
It’s difficult to remember a goalkeeper emerging quite as impressively as Ederson. Last year was a breakthrough one for the Brazilian net-minder, who earned a €40m move to Manchester City in the 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.
So far, the Catalan has been proved right.