Ranking the 10 best goalkeepers in the world
There haven’t been many positions that have changed as much in recent years as the role of a goalkeeper has. It used to be that a goalkeeper’s job was simply to keep the ball out of his net, and that was that. Now though, goalkeepers are expected to have a much more rounded game and contribute with the ball at their feet.
One man who has been crucial to this change has been Pep Guardiola, who has made it a requirement of his goalkeepers that they are good with their feet. He made this clear in his first year at Manchester City, where he cast aside Joe Hart before he had played a single game, and then replaced Claudio Bravo with Ederson after just a year in Manchester.
There has been a bit of a changing of the guard in terms of the best goalkeepers in the world over the last few years. Petr Cech retired from football at the end of last season, while it seems unlikely that Iker Casillas will return to the game after suffering a heart attack in May.
Gianluigi Buffon returned to Juventus in July after a season in France with PSG, but at the age of 41, he isn’t the ‘keeper he once was and is unlikely to appear much in Serie A.
With that in mind, here are the ten best goalkeepers in the world at the moment.
This list is according to the ESPN FC 100 list, which ranks the top 10 players in each position in the world, based on the opinion of top journalists from around the world.
10. Andre Onana - Ajax
2019 has been a quite incredible year for Ajax, particularly for those players who have come through the club's academy. The likes of Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt have moved on to Barcelona and Juventus respectively, but Andre Onana has stuck around for another season at least. The Cameroonian keeper has been at Ajax since his switch from Barcelona in 2015, and he has excelled over the past few years.
Last year, he was one of the side's key players in their impressive run to the Champions League semi-final, where they suffered last-minute heartbreak against Tottenham. They were, however, able to take the Eredivisie title for the first time since 2014. Given his quality, the time may come when a bigger side wants to take the 23-year-old off Ajax's hands.