The goalkeeping job is perhaps the most demanding in football. He spends the better part of 90 minutes tracking from his own zone, but is called upon to make stunning saves when needed.
It is incredibly difficult to master the art of getting up and working after a long period of inactivity.
Goalkeepers decide the most controversial matches. But when all is said and done, they rarely get the credit they deserve. The headers are almost always scored. Despite this obvious bias, gatekeepers rarely speak out. They keep their heads down and continue to help their team as much as they can.
Today we take a look at the top five goalkeepers in form and congratulate them on their performances this season, giving them the respect they deserve. Here are the five best goalkeepers in the world right now:
#5 Nick Pope – Newcastle United
Newcastle United are flying high in the Premier League this season. Under the guidance of charismatic coach Eddie Howe, the Magpies performed sensationally as a unit, with each player performing their duties to perfection. Their teamwork has helped Newcastle emerge as the third best team in the Premier League table.
Newcastle United goalkeeper Nick Pope has emerged as one of the most attractive players in his team. The England international impressed with his distribution, ability to organize the backline and acrobatic saves. He was also very sharp on the goal line and showed authority when making passes from corners, making sure there was no confusion.
Since the start of the 2022-23 Premier League season, Pope has appeared in 20 games, keeping an impressive 12 clean sheets and conceding 11 goals. Pope has made 51 saves and saved one penalty (two attempts) so far.
#4 Alisson Becker – Liverpool
“Liverpool” performed unsuccessfully in the Premier League this season. The team is struggling to chain passes, their attack is faltering and the club’s most reliable defenders are simply not on the same page. Due to their poor form, “Liverpool” is in 9th place in the Premier League table, 10 points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker hasn’t been flawless this season, with the Brazilian making a few silly mistakes that have landed him in trouble. Those mistakes aside, Alisson has been pretty reliable for the Reds this year. In addition to conceding 25 goals in 19 games in the Premier League, he also made 65 saves. So far, Alisson has taken 3 penalties and saved one.
In the Champions League, Alisson conceded six goals and kept two clean sheets in as many games. The Brazilian goalkeeper made nine saves and saved a penalty (two attempts).
#3 Marc-Andre ter Stegen – Barcelona
FC Barcelona, without a La Liga title since the 2018-19 season, finally seems to be on the road to glory this season. The Blaugrana are three points clear of second-placed Real Madrid at the top of the La Liga table after 17 league matches.
FC Barcelona, led by Xavi, is the club that conceded the fewest goals in the 2022-23 La Liga season thanks to their goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen. The German goalkeeper dominated his field, made decisive decisions, made acrobatic saves and never lost his defensive rope.
Ter Stegen has appeared in all of Barcelona’s La Liga matches this season, conceding just six goals and keeping 13 clean sheets. The member of the German national team made 34 saves in La Liga alone.
Ter Stegen made 13 saves in 5 matches before FC Barcelona were eliminated in the Champions League group stage. Despite their best efforts, Barcelona conceded 10 goals in these five games.
#2 Aaron Ramsdale – Arsenal
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have established themselves as Premier League leaders in the 2022-23 season and they deserve it. The Gunners scored some great goals, created some great chances with defence-splitting passes and stayed solid in defence. Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale played a major role in making the Gunners a virtually immovable unit.
Ramsdale has appeared in all 19 of the Gunners’ Premier League games this season. He made great saves, never tried to complicate things with his footwork and was on the right wavelength with the players in front of him.
Ramsdale has kept nine clean sheets in 19 Premier League games this season. He conceded 16 goals, made 44 saves, and even saved a penalty (three penalties).
#1 Thibaut Courtois – Real Madrid
Last season, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois helped Real Madrid achieve the Champions League-La Liga-Spanish Supercopa treble, making some incredible saves along the way. He was rightly named the best goalkeeper of the season by France Football and received the Yashin Cup.
This season, Courtois has also been in excellent form, saving Real Madrid many times. Although he scored only 2 goals in 13 matches in La Liga, he made 36 saves during this period. Without Courtois, Real Madrid would likely have beaten FC Barcelona by a much larger margin.
In the Champions League group stage, Courtois made 17 saves and scored just four goals in four games. He escaped the only penalty he faced in the group stage. His feat took the first place in Group F of the “whites and blacks”.