The FIFA World Cup came to an exhilarating end in what was a very entertaining tournament. As Mario Gotze controlled the pass and hit it towards goal, the new champions were crowned. After 24 years, the trophy returned to Germany and it was a wonderful sight to watch Germany triumph.With respect to the various awards on offer at the tournament,LionelMessi walked away with the Golden Ball while Manuel Neuer won the Golden Glove. Throughout this tournament, the one thing that has remained constant is the excellence of goalkeepers.Many goalkeepers have been nothing short of amazing and it is only fair that they get the recognition they deserve. Lets take a look at the top 5 goalkeepers atthe 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.
#5 Tim Howard
Tim Howard created history in that match against Belgium. It was one of the most comprehensive and complete goalkeeping performances seen in recent times. 16 saves in a single night was no mean feat. But then, he was very good in the group stages as well. Placed in a tough group with Portugal, Ghana and Germany, he was an important part in USA qualifying unscathed after having managed to prevent Ronaldo from scoring.
However, the night against Belgium was magical. Everything about that night was perfect in Tim Howard’s book but for the fact that they lost the match. Howard’s 16 saves were the highest in a World Cup match since 1966. While USA failed to qualify to the quarter-finals, Tim Howard’s performances just showed how much they might miss him the next time around.