6. Thibaut Courtois

You have to be a pretty good goalkeeper to crack the top 10 - keepers don't usually start, let alone reach anywhere close to peak performance level before age 28 - but Courtois is the exception.

That's because he is exceptional. Mid-way through his third year as a starter at Atletico Madrid, reports claim he's returning to Stamford Bridge after the World Cup with Petr Cech in his sights.

Now, Cech is a world-class keeper. But it's testament to his ability that few would be surprised if the Blues opted for the 21-year-old Belgian.

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