Countdown: Best goalkeepers in the world

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From finger-tip saves to strong punches, this list contains the top goalkeepers from around the globe consisting of both young usurping goalkeepers, and old experienced shot-stoppers. 

The likes of Felipe Melo deserve an honourable mention but this is for goalies by trade only. However, Roman Weidenfeller, Willy Caballero, Jefferson and Diego Cavalieri are all keepers who deserve to be named, despite not making it onto this list.

This countdown is sure to be controversial but this is how I see the world's best keepers at this stage in the summer transfer window!

28 - Morgan de Sanctis - Roma - Italy

De Sanctis may be reaching the end of his career at the age of 36 but that didn't stop him helping his old Italian club into the Champions League before being sold to AS Roma in the current summer transfer window for €500,000. He won the Turkish Super Cup in 2008 during a successful loan spell with Galatasaray, and the Coppa Italia with Napoli in the 2011/12 season.

27 - Mariano Andujar - Catania - Argentina 

The 29-year-old from Buenos Aires managed a 91 percent save rate from 449 shots with 12 clean sheets to his name in a single season. He helped Catania reach a very respectable eighth place in the Serie A standings. 

26 - Bernd Leno - Bayer Leverkusen - Germany 

Young German starlet Leno has made 23 appearances for his national sides through the age groups of the U17s, U18s, U19s and U21s, and he is now only 21. He helped Leverkusen reach the Champions League, finishing third in the Bundesliga behind European giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

25 - Tim Howard - Everton - USA

He's had a fairly successful 10 seasons in the Premier League with Manchester United and Everton, and he is very capable of making a remarkable save if a defender slips up. Making 85 international appearances for the States, the 34-year-old has plenty of experience to be a valuable keeper to any club.

24 - Christian Abbiati - AC Milan - Italy 

Another Italian to add to our list is the respectable 35-year-old Abbiati playing for Milan in their years of great European success, he has also endured loan spells at top clubs such as Juventus, Athletico Madrid and Torino.

23 - Pepe Reina - Liverpool (on loan at Napoli) - Spain 

The Spaniard played 285 games for the English club Liverpool having been sought after by the world's top clubs at many points in his career - such as Barcelona - for his superb goalkeeping skills.

22 - John Ruddy - Norwich - England

The current England third choice goalie has show many impressive performances in the Premier League for Norwich despite being injured for some time in the 2012/13 season when his Norwich team didn't play as well as when compared to the games Ruddy was between the sticks. His fast reactions and reflexes has attracted interest from Jose Mourinho, although Norwich are adamant of not letting their No.1 go.

21 - Simon Mignolet - Liverpool - Belgium 

The 6"4 shot stopper who has recently replaced Reina at Liverpool for £10 million is one impressive keeper. Helping his struggling Sunderland side many times in the 2012/13 season when their defence wasn't up to scratch.

20 - Jack Butland - Stoke City - England 

Considered to be the future England international goalkeeper at the age of 20, he has shown incredible signs of class playing for Birmingham City in the Championship. No sooner than big clubs heard of his name he denied at move to Chelsea in favour of a move to Stoke City - presumably so he can get more playing time. 

19 - Samir Handanovic - Inter Milan - Slovenia 

Often criticised for conceding goals, the Slovenian international saved 88 percent of shots mostly from close range, against some of the worlds top strikers. His defence were not in form as he played in goal but despite this he finished a respectable season with Inter.

18 - Victor Valdes - Barcelona - Spain

This keeper is quite the opposite of Handanovic as his defence are often tight, but he is still congratulated a lot of the time. Yes they are Liga BBVA champions but some of the mistakes he commits are those of a Sunday league keeper. Conceding seven goals in two games to champions of Europe Bayern might not have all been his fault but for a keeper who plays for a club of Barcelona's calabre he should do better.

17 - Asmir Begovic - Stoke City - Bosnia and Herzegovina 

The 26-year-old put in a lot of impressive performances with a lot of top clubs pondering about the spectacular goalie, but still he remains at Stoke for the foreseeable future. His kicking and handling are second to none and kept many clean sheets in arguably the best league in the world.

16 - Rene Adler - Hamburg - Germany 

The forever improving 28-year-old signing for Hamburg in 2012 from Bayer Leverkusen always manages to put in impressive shifts in the Bundesliga. He is someone for who young German keepers should aspire too, after he played for 12 years at Leverkusen and participated in 168 games.

15 - Stephane Ruffier - St-Etienne - France

The first Frenchman in our list is the highly respectable Ruffier, who saved Monaco numerous times before leaving when they were relegated during the year that he was injured. Possibly too high on the list but he is one of the best stoppers in Ligue 1.

14 - Marc-Andre ter Stegen - Borussia M'gladbach - Germany

Yet another outstanding German keeper at the refreshing age of 21. He has made an impressive 92 appearances for Gladbach, won 22 caps for German international youth teams and three for the senior national team.

11 - Diego Lopez - Real Madrid - Spain

Spain and Germany lead the line of keepers but this 31-year-old was favoured instead of Iker Casillias in his first season at the Bernabeu. Making 16 appearances for the Spanish giant he's experienced spells at Villareal and Valencia. He played for Real Madrid C, B and the main team before leaving and making a comeback in 2013.

11 - Federico Marchetti - Lazio - Italy 

The 30-year-old is an amazing shot stopper and a respectable figure in Italian football. He may have not made it internationally but that's no reason to suggest he does not deserve 11th place on our list.

11 - Fernando Muslera - Galatasaray - Uruguay 

With a three-way tie for 11th, here is a somewhat unheard of figure first being recognised in Galatasaray's great Champions league run and Super Lig domination last season. Seeing off the likes of Schalke and beating Real Madrid were big achievements for the club and they might have more in store next season if Muslera stays to guard the net.

10 - Salvatore Sirigu - Paris Saint-Germain - Italy

Sirigu has played 71 games for PSG since joining in 2011 and appeared 14 times for different types of national teams (U18s, U19s, U21s and Italian national team). In his club's first championship in 19 years, he kept five consecutive clean sheets along the way. Even legendary Azzurris keepers have commented on Sirigu and how his departure from Serie A was a grave miss.

9 - Thibaut Courtois - Chelsea (On loan at Atletico Madrid) - Belgium

The second and final Belgian on our list is arguably the young goalie with the most potential in the footballing world at the moment and Chelsea will do well to keep him in this current transfer window. At a staggering 6"6, Thibaut is becoming his national team's keeper at the age of 21.

8 - Joe Hart - Manchester City - England 

The English number one has not had the best of seasons but nevertheless he is still a great goalkeeper, and fellow countrymen Jack Butland and John Ruddy have not overtaken him as England's first-choice keeper thus far. With amazing performances in the season Manchester City won the league over bitter rivals United, he contributed and showed as much enthusiasm as any outfield player in the team.

7 - David de Gea - Manchester United - Spain 

The future of Spanish goalkeepers and Manchester United ones for that matter. His acrobatic keeping style is one to be sought after and he's helped his United side win their 20th league title along with other cups over the past few years. 

6 - Iker Casillas - Real Madrid - Spain

Another Spaniard joins the list as the competition hots up as we discover the very best keepers in the world. We haven't seen as much of him this year in Real Madrid colours but that's not due to form. He's been sidelined due to injury and preference this season. Although he did make respectful appearances for Spain as they reached the Confederations Cup final this year, only to be beaten by a fantastic Brazilian side. 

4 - Julio Cesar - QPR - Brazil

A Championship goalkeeper? In the top five! As you well know, Brazilian international Cesar helped his struggling QPR team-mates, despite his best efforts and outstanding saves at times, his side still managed to go down. You can't help but wonder when he'll leave, and top La Liga, Serie A and Premier league clubs would love to have Cesar in their side.

4 - Petr Cech - Chelsea - Czech Republic

Yes, there is a tie for fourth place. I simply couldn't choose between the two keepers because they are both international heroes, but one lacks some of the fame playing for the Czech republic, although I'm sure Cech wouldn't have it any other way. The outstanding keeper is one to be admired by football fans around the globe and fully deserves a top four place.

3 - Hugo Lloris - Tottenham Hotspur - France 

A very controversial choice but in my opinion he's the best goalkeeper in the Premier League and third best in the world. At a young age he represented his country and had great success and on the whole they were a team to be feared. He could've easily transferred to a club of the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich but from Lyon he went to Spurs where he might have not had the best of seasons, yet he still looked like a world-class player.

2 - Gianluigi Buffon - Juventus - Italy

The Italian giants possess one of the greatest keepers of all time, as well as one the most expensive. He has performed to an ability almost like no other year in, year out and has been playing at a top level for as long as I can remember. A deserved second place for the supreme goalie.

1 - Manuel Neuer - Bayern Munich - Germany

As Bayern Munich emerge as the champions of  Europe, Manuel Neuer stepped up to the billing and kept his side in it at many times through immense pressure. His famous gloves might have something to do with it but for club and country, Germany have produced yet another elite keeper. 

So that concludes our list of the top 25 keepers from around the globe in my opinion, now have yours by commenting below. Have I missed anyone? 


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