Five of the best: Goalkeepers

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GMS academy member Harvey Leonard runs down his current top 5 goalkeepers in the world.

The goalkeeping position is one of the most important and can decide whether a team challenges for a title, or challenges to avoid relegation.

5.Salvatore Sirigu - Paris Saint Germain

One of the main reasons for PSG's Ligue 1 success. Sirigu recorded 23 clean sheets in last year's campaign and conceded just 16 goals.

He led the Parisians to the top of Ligue 1, rarely having to collect the ball from his net. He is also an Italian International and will no doubt be looking to bring the World Cup back from Brazil in 2014.

4.Thibaut Courtois-Atletico Madrid -Chelsea

For the last two seasons Courtois has been on-loan from Chelsea at the Spanish club, thanks to the presence of Petr Cech at the London side.

Cech's successor is excelling in Spain with Los Rojiblancos. And Courtois has recently said that if he is not given first team matches at Chelsea next season, he will permanently move away, most likely to Atletico.

Courtois holds Atletico's record of 820 minutes without conceding. The Belgian kept an amazing 18 clean sheets and conceded just 23 goals in the La Liga, the lowest of any keeper in the league.

3.David De Gea - Manchester United

De Gea was replaced by the man above him in this list at Atletico Madrid after he left the Spanish club in 2012 for £17.8 million.

And De Gea himself replaced the great Edwin Van Der Sar - a tough act to follow. This could have been the main reason for his poor form at the start of his career in Manchester but since he has shown his worth with superb performances and saves.

Without De Gea last season, City may not have been too far behind. De Gea conceded 26 goals and picked up 11 clean sheets last season.

2.Iker Casillas - Real Madrid

Casillas has been at Madrid since 1998, but could be moving to England by next week's transfer deadline.

Casillas is yet to feature this season and has been shunted down the pecking order by Diego Lopez.

It is reported that both Arsenal and Manchester City are after the Spaniard's signature.
He made 19 appearances last year, collecting the ball from his net just 16 times and keeping eight clean sheets throughout the campaign.

He stands at just 6 ft 1 but uses his speed advantage to counteract his height disadvantage. Despite being removed from the first team, he is still one of the best.

1.Manuel Neuer - Bayern Munich

Neuer emerged at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa where Germany reached the semi-finals.

He made 31 appearances in the Bundesliga last season, keeping an amazing 18 clean sheets and conceding 18 also.

He also kept five clean sheets in Bayern's successful CL campaign.

And it's hard to imagine how good the German number one will be at next year's World Cup. Considering the amount of silverware Neuer already has, the addition of an international winners' medal will consolidate his place as one of the best.

Other Keepers Considered:

Petr Cech, Gianluigi Buffon, Joe Hart, Diego Lopez

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Manuel Neuer
Real Madrid
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Iker Casillas
Manchester United

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