“Yay another top five series!” I hear you scream in delight. And yes, I am now doing a top five series but instead of saying my top five positional ever, I’m going to do them as a current selection, just one rule though, if there is a player in the top five ever, I can’t use them in the top five current series, simple! Again, just like the top five ever it will be based on my own personal opinion, backed by evidence.
Gianluigi Buffon – Juventus
To be honest, Buffon was unlucky to not get into my top five players ever, he was just pipped to the post by Spain and Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas. But he was the first name I thought of for greatest in the world.
He has been named IFFHS goalkeeper of the year four times and was also named the best goalkeeper of the 21st century by the same organization. He has made 661 career club appearances to date and became the most expensive goalkeeper ever in 2001 when Juventus forked out £32million for the stopper’s transfer from Parma.
Buffon is Italy’s highest capped Goalkeeper with 126 caps, only being behind Paolo Maldini and Fabio Cannavaro in overall stakes.
He has won a UEFA Cup, one Coppa Italia, four Supercoppa Italia, three Serie A titles and one Serie B title as well as the 2006 World Cup.
Petr Cech – Chelsea
Petr Cech’s form since his transfer to Chelsea in 2004 has meant that the London club have never had to worry about getting a replacement for the Czech international due to his consistent reliance between the sticks.
Cech’s impact on Chelsea was seen straight away in his first season where he set a Premier League record of 1,025 minutes without conceding a goal (which has since been broken by Edwin Van Der Sar). He was also given the Golden Glove award for keeping 21 clean sheets in his first season.
The Czech giant’s form dropped after a severe head injury suffered in a league match against Reading in 2006 after a challenge from Stephen Hunt but since his return Cech has been instrumental in helping Chelsea to a further eight trophies including a much craved Champions League trophy last year, a run in which Cech saved two penalties en route to the final.
Cech has made 561 career club appearances to date and has won three Premier League titles, four FA Cup titles, two League Cups and one Champions League trophy so far in his career.
Internationally he has made 100 appearances for Czech Republic so far.
David De Gea – Manchester United
After a hugely critical start to his Manchester United career, De Gea has since flourished into an excellent shot stopper. Signed in 2011 as a replacement for the retired Edwin Van Der Sar, De Gea was thrust into criticism after a few mistakes.
Since then De Gea has proved vital in helping Man United to this year’s league title as well as putting in an amazing performance in a 1 – 1 draw at the Bernabeu. Before Boxing Day, De Gea had kept nine clean sheets in 40 games, but since he has kept 10 clean sheets in 15 games. An excellent improvement by any standards.
De Gea has so far made 153 appearances in his short career and looks to be a promising ‘keeper in the future, not just for Man United but for the Spanish national team as well where he is regarded as the long-term successor to Spanish legend Iker Casillas. De Gea’s short career to date has also seen him win a UEFA Europa League, a UEFA Super Cup, one Premier League title and an FA Community Shield.
Manuel Neuer – Bayern Munich
The big German keeper has made a big name for himself after his transfer to Bayern Munich for £20million in 2011, making him the second most expensive goalkeeper ever. But it was easy to see why Bayern would pay so much for Neuer as his reflexes, shot stopping abilities and commanding nature have helped see them back to the summit of German football.
During his first few weeks at Bayern he already went on to break a club record of most clean sheets held in a row, going 1000 consecutive minutes without conceding a goal, a record which was previously held by Munich’s legendary goalkeeper Oliver Kahn.
So far he has made 295 career club appearances, winning a German League Cup, one German Cup, one Bundesliga and a German Supercup in the process. Also establishing himself as the German national team’s first-choice goalkeeper, already accumulating 38 caps for his national team.
Hugo Lloris – Tottenham
Is this a controversial decision? Oh well, I don’t care. I love Lloris as a goalkeeper and think his reflexes, shot stopping skills and effectiveness in one-on-one situations are incredible.
Despite a difficult first couple of months at Tottenham after his transfer from Lyon, Lloris has gone on to establish himself as first-choice goalkeeper over veteran Brad Friedel. His first league start for Tottenham spelled the end of Friedel’s 310 consecutive league game run, not in vain though as Lloris kept a clean sheet in a 3 – 0 win over Aston Villa.
Lloris’ career so far has seen him amass 318 career club appearances, as well as two trophies – one Coupe de France and a Trophee des Champions. He has also established himself as the French national team’s number one, making 45 appearances and being made team captain in February 2012.
There’s my top five goalkeepers in the world at the moment, what do you think? Also a big mention goes to Guillermo Ochoa who plays for Ajaccio in France. Youtube him if you can, incredible agility!