TOP 10 Goalkeepers In 2019
In modern football, the role of the goalkeeper has assumed greater importance than in the past. Today, an extreme defender is not only the one who has to take care of avoiding goals but, very often, he is the first player of the team’s movement. Precisely for this reason, compared to the past, we live in a precise historical moment in which the porter has become a prized piece: the times when ten qualitatively strong players and a little more than discreet goalkeeper could still do great things are over. Now it is no longer so, so much so that in the last session of the transfer market, three interpreters of the role moved from one club to the other by registering a record of receipts for those who sold them.
To give you an idea, Kepa Arrizabalaga – Basque goalkeeper raised in Athletic Bilbao – switched to Chelsea for 80 million euros. Thibaut Courtois, on the other hand, followed the opposite route, leaving London and the Blues to join the Real Madrid. The Merengues have secured the Belgian goalkeeper by making a check for 35 million euros. Few? Yes, but keep in mind Courtois would have gone out of contract shortly thereafter. Last, but not least, is Alisson, the great regret of the Roman summer; Liverpool bought him over 62.5 million euros, making sure he was the best goalkeeper last season.
“Alisson is the best goalkeeper in the world ”
He won the Champions League with Liverpool, performing really well.
The study in question analyzed the performance of 79 goalkeepers in total. Among these, Alisson Becker (1) stands out for the highest percentage of successful parades (84.2%) and above all for the smallest percentage of goals conceded per game, stopped at 0.47%. This last datum makes one think because if it is true that last year Alisson was busy more (so he had more opportunities to make a parade), in these two seasons he is traveling on numbers that prove the same effectiveness, despite Liverpool being a team that, compared to Rome, suffers much less.
On the other hand, the average number of parades per game dropped, going from 3.06 to 2.29: this is mainly due to Liverpool’s ability to close spaces in his own half, with Klopp using Alisson to go to complete a singularly good and globally extraordinary department, if we also consider the growth of a top player like Van Dijk. Having established this, and taking into account all the possible variables, the classification drawn takes as a first reference the percentage of effectiveness on the parades of every single goalkeeper in ninety minutes.
Immediately behind the Brazilian is Andre Ter Stegen (2), who makes a fine show in second place with 81.5% of respectable parades. The Barcelona goalkeeper is one of the best goalkeepers currently traveling around Europe. The podium is completed by Jan Oblak (3) of Atletico Madrid, one who certainly needs no introduction: with 80.4% of parades per game, the Slovak closes the list of goalkeepers able to exceed the 80% share of effectiveness between the posts.
In the fourth place of this ranking, we find the only representative of Serie A: it is Samir Handanovic (4), Inter goalkeeper who takes 79.7% of the shots that are kicked towards his goal.
The Slovenian places himself in front of Ederson Moraes (5) of Manchester City, who is 79.5% down, as is his colleague Manuel Neuer (6) of Bayern Munchen. Kepa Arrizabalaga (7) of Chelsea, Hugo Lloris (8) of Tottenham, Wojciech Szczesny (9) of Juventus and David De Gea (10) of Manchester United complete the list.
Honorable mentions: Keylor Navas, Salvatore Sirigu, Jordan Pickford, Gianluigi Donarumma.