Arguably the most vital player on a football pitch, the goalkeepers have been put under the scanner more often than not, for those somewhat unavoidable mistakes that they sometimes commit. However, the current era of world football is blessed with some of the finest goalkeepers ever produced. A good goalkeeper has to master various abilities, such as ball collection, ball distribution, positioning,reflexes,diving,handling etc. Another such attribute is shot stopping, and today we’ll go through the five best goalkeepers when it comes to stopping shots at their goal.
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5. SAMIR HANDANOVIČ, Inter Milan, Slovenia
This 31 year old Slovenian goalkeeper is one of the best in the world, and has loads of experience. He has been a wall for Inter since 2012 and will be a solid addition to any team considering that he still has 6 years left in him. His shot stopping ability is inarguably amazing, and has fine sense of positioning to go with that. Top class.
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4. VINCENT ENYEAMA, LOSC Lille, Nigeria
Enyeama has over 100 caps for Nigeria, which tells him how much of a dependable veteran he is. He was unbelievable for his country in the 2014 FIFA WC, against Argentina in particular, and has been terrific for Lille this season. He also has 20 goals in his career. Quite a character…
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3. STÉPHANE RUFFIER, AS Saint-Étienne, France
It’s a pity that a goalkeeper of Ruffier’s calibre fails to make it to the French national team on a consistent basis. It is true, that Hugo Lloris and Steve Mandanda are probably better keepers than him, but his reflexes is of another level altogether. He punches away fiery shots with ease, which is one of his many qualities. Still just 29, so expect more from the former Monaco player.
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2. MANUEL NEUER, Bayern München, Germany
He’s the best goalkeeper in the world without a shadow of doubt, is the World Cup winner, and almost everyone would be surprised to see him at 2nd and not 1st. There’s nothing in this world Neuer cannot do. His saves are sensational. His ball distribution and handling is second to none. Legend.
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1. SIMON MIGNOLET, Liverpool, Belgium
Controversial. No doubt about that. David de Gea? Iker Casillas? Joe Hart? Claudio Bravo? No, its Simon Mignolet! He has had his critics, but he is an unbelievable shot stopper. He has the ability to stop piledrivers from even 20 yards out. One just needs to see some of his saves compilations on YouTube to realise that his shot stopping ability is world-class.