A goal keeper is undoubtedly one of the most important players in a team. There are several known best Goal Keepers in the World whose sublime exhibition of skills have managed to keep the ball away from getting in the goal and their teams overall performances also depends on the shoulder of these goal keepers. And as the year has come to an end we have picked up 5 best goalkeepers of 2014, let us have a look on them.
5.) Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus and Italy)
A Juventus legend and Italian International, Buffon has long been one of the best goalkeepers on the planet, and he keeps on legitimizing his selection in the first team by showing brilliant saves. The 36 year old has managed to save 10 clean sheets and has helped Juventus in hunt to win the title this season. His incredible seven saves in the second game of the year against Lazio are the proof of the talent and skills the veteran still possesses. With 80.65% shot to save percentage Buffon is on the 5th position of Sportzwiki’s top 5 goalkeepers of 2014.
4.) Mattia Perin (Genoa and Italy)
Mattia Perin exhibitions this season were the key instrument in pushing Genoa into the top five in Italian Serie A, yielding just 13 goals in 15 appearances. No goalkeeper, anyplace in Europe’s top six Leagues has made a larger number of recoveries inside the penalty box than the Genoa goalkeeper. Mattia makes an average 3.5 saves per match, which includes 2.5 per game from inside the 18-yard. On the other hand, Manchester United’s David De Gea has an average 2.9 saves every games with 1.9 of them from inside the penalty area. Perin has kept five clean sheets too including amid man of the match performances against Lazio, Milan, Fiorentina and Juventus. The Italian international has 81.25% shot to save and is on the 4th position of Sportzwiki’s top 5 goalkeepers of 2014.
3.) Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea and Belgium)
Thibaut Courtois returned to Chelsea in the summer after three seasons on loan to Spanish Champions Atletico Madrid. He replaced Petr Cech in goal instantly and became Mourinho’s favourite after displaying sublime performances. The Belgian also signed a 5 year contract with the Blues in September 2014 and has managed to save 8 clean sheets for Chelsea this season who are leading the Premier League table. The 22 year old has been claimed by many to become one of the best shot stoppers of the game and is on the 3rd position on Sportzwiki’s top 5 goalkeepers of 2014.
2.) Claudio Bravo (Barcelona and Chile)
Bravo joined FC Barcelona on 18 June 2014 on a four-year deal from Real Sociedad, for €12 million (£9.7 million), becoming the second Chilean to ever play for the Catalans after Alexis Sánchez. The Chilean after joining also set a La Liga record for Barcelona of not yielding from the beginning of season for 754 min. Since Barca’s first choice goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s was unavailable due to an injury, the Chile international managed to grab a clean sheet in his debut match against Elche in the opening game of La Liga. The 31 year old also didn’t allowed any ball past him in the next seven consecutive games against teams like Levante, Malaga, Rayo Vallecano, Athletic Club, Granada, Eibar and Rayo Vallecano. Amid that eight-match run without yielding, Bravo broke a 37-year-old record at Rayo which was held by Pedro Artola for the longest time without conceding from the beginning of a La Liga season (540 minutes). He stretched out it to 754 minutes- only 70 short of Miguel Reina for Barca’s overall league record. With his incredible performance in the goal Claudio Bravo sits on the top of La Liga with 11 clean sheets and also makes it to Sportzwiki’s top 5 goalkeepers of 2014.
1.) Manuel Neuer ( FC Bayern Munich and Germany)
Neur’s wonderful 2010/11 season for Schalke provoked Bayern Munich to spend a reported US$26 million on the player, with an alternate $10 million dependant on his performance. Numerous Bayern supporters felt that the club had overspent on a player whose term with Schalke was about to end in 2012, when he would have been available free of charge. Neuer, however, has hushed his fault-finders by his brilliant exhibitions and was the best goalkeeper at the 2014 World Cup as Germany won the competition shockingly since 1990. The German international has only conceded 4 goals this season for the German club with 33 saves and is the leading goalkeeper in Europe with the best save percentage of 89.19 %.Neuer not just averts chances with his trademark forceful play in leaving the box to come out but also falls off his line to gather crosses, he is significantly more powerful in halting shots once they’re made than some other goalkeeper in Europe. The 2014 World Cup Golden Glove award winner has shown some outstanding performances for both country and club in the current season. The 28 year old is also among the top 3 final candidates to win the Ballon d’or 2014 with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Manuel Neur is undoubtedly the best goalkeeper of 2014 and tops the Sportzwiki’s top 5 goalkeepers of 2014.