Alisson Becker was the inaugural winner of the Yashin Trophy at Monday’s Ballon d’Or ceremony.
The Liverpool shot stopper was acknowledged for an incredible year that saw him win the Champions League, Copa America and Premier League Golden Glove.
Whether or not you think Alisson is the best goalkeeper in the world in general, there can be no denying that he enjoyed the finest 2019.
But who came closest to knocking him off his perch? As far as the Ballon d’Or votes are concerned, only Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Hugo Lloris joined him on the list of 30 nominees.
Ter Stegen didn’t even make it into the top 20 which, despite ‘only’ winning the La Liga title, seemed pretty harsh on a man who had just starred in a win at Atletico Madrid.
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Yashin Trophy result
Nevertheless, the German was also in the running for the Yashin Trophy and while he had to settle for second place behind his Liverpool rival, greater recognition came in the goalkeeping category.
We say that because the full results of the Yashin Trophy voting have emerged since the glamorous ceremony at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris.
And what better authority can there be on how the world’s best goalkeepers should be ranked? So, bearing that in mind, here are the full results of voting for you to peruse and debate:
10. Samir Handanovic (Inter Milan)
Handanovic was voted the Serie Goalkeeper of the Year, making the Team of the Year as a result, and is currently enjoying life atop the Italian footballing pyramid.
9. Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus)
Szczesny has established himself as a brilliant long-term replacement for Gianluigi Buffon and had a second Serie A title and Supercoppa Italiana to show for his efforts last season.
8. Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea)
His meltdown in the Carabao Cup final aside, Arrizabalaga has been an absolute steal for Chelsea and is giving David de Gea a real run for his money as Spain’s number one shot-stopper.
7. Andre Onana (Ajax)
Ajax’s Champions League adventure would have crashed and burned far sooner if it wasn’t for Onana’s saves and the Cameroonian was duly rewarded with a domestic double.
6. Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
The last year has seen Neuer flirt with the sort of form that put him in Ballon d’Or contention in 2014 and he stood between the sticks as Bayern Munich battled to another Bundesliga crown.
5. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)
This one is controversial. Lloris finished the year without any trophies, although he did feature in Tottenham’s run to the Champions League final and finished fifth in the Golden Glove standings.
4. Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)
Arguably the best goalkeeper in the world. Oblak won the La Liga Zamora Trophy after only conceding 27 goals last season and was picked in UEFA’s Team of the Year.
3. Ederson (Manchester City)
Collecting the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Community Shield represented a brilliant year for a goalkeeper who only narrowly missed out on Golden Gloves awards to his compatriot.
2. Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)
More so than collecting the big trophies, Ter Stegen has proven himself as one of the best with some incredible individual displays for Barcelona. Just look at Sunday night for evidence.
1. Alisson Becker (Liverpool)
What a year for Alisson. The Brazilian collected more clean sheets than anybody in the Premier League and Copa America, while also making his former world-record fee look like pittance.
GIVEMESPORT’S Kobe Tong says
Is it just me that can’t understand why Lloris has been so grossly overrated at the Ballon d’Or awards?
First, the Frenchman bafflingly placed higher than Ter Stegen in the main awards and now he finds himself above the likes of Arrizabalaga, Neuer and Onana for the goalkeeping prize.
Lloris has been Spurs’ number one in a year which has seen 12 Premier League defeats in 31 games and he started this season by making a series of clangers.
It must come down to Tottenham’s run to the Champions League final which, by the way, saw Lloris ship four goals against Manchester City and three against Ajax.
Anyway, rant over – the rest of the list is largely spot on.
There’s an argument that Oblak should place higher than Ederson on individual displays alone, but the latter did win a domestic treble whereas the former went through 2019 without a trophy.
What’s most important, though, is the choice of the winner and, albeit contrary to Liverpool’s motto, Alisson was rightly walking alone as goalkeeping’s best in 2019.