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Top contenders for the IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper award

Analysis of the top contenders for the IFFHS Best Goalkeeper award

Top 5 / Top 10 12 Mar 2018, 18:24 IST

Gianluigi Buffon took home the most recent award

The 2017/18 season is coming to an end, and players are giving their best to get their hands on the individual awards.

Although awards like Ballon D'OR and Golden Boot get much of the attention,the race for the IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper award has attracted the attention of many this year. With Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer sidelined due to injury, this year is the chance for several young keepers to step into the limelight.

Awarded on the January of every year, Iker Casillas and Gianluigi Buffon have the most wins with 5, while Manuel Neuer trails just behind with 4 wins. This time around, previously ignored names have broken out and have taken the world by storm with their sharp reflexes and lightning-quick dives.

Here's a look at the top 4 contenders leading the race for the prize:

#4 Ederson

A surprise entry

Ever since his transfer from Benifica to Manchester City, he has been instrumental to Pep's Manchester City. After Claudio Bravo's disastrous first season, it was evident that there needed to be a new keeper in charge if City wanted to win the League - and what a different story it has been.

Ederson has been one of the main reasons behind Manchester City's success this season. A sweeper keeper who is never afraid of coming off his line, Ederson's passing and distribution is one of the best in the game. While this may catch him by surprise at times, the amount of dynamic choices he brings to the side make him a valuable asset.

This season, the Brazilian has 13 clean sheets in 29 games to his name in the PL. He has made 68 saves this season in all competitions and has conceded just 20 goals in the Premier League. He has also saved 3 penalties for Manchester City so far.

Ederson has risen above and beyond everyone's expectations and will be looking forward to show the world how good he is at the world cup, where he will represent Brazil.

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