Neuer, Ter Stegen, Alisson - Who is the world’s best goalkeeper right now?

  • Rob Swan

Manuel Neuer produced a goalkeeping masterclass for Bayern Munich against Paris Saint-Germain during Sunday’s Champions League final in Lisbon.

Without the veteran German shot-stopper, Bayern probably would have been beaten.

Neuer made a series of top saves over the course of the 90 minutes and did remarkably well to keep his clean sheet intact against Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and co.

But where does Neuer sit among the world’s current best goalkeepers?

We’ve ranked our top 15 ’keepers in the world right now following Neuer’s exceptional performance…

15. Wojciech Szczesny

Wojciech Szczesny has come a long way since his days at Arsenal.

The Poland international has won three Serie A titles with Juventus and was named the league’s best goalkeeper for the 2019-20 campaign.


14. David de Gea

David de Gea would have been top of this list just over two years ago.

Since the 2018 World Cup, though, the Manchester United and Spain shot-stopper has been error-prone and unreliable.

Can the 29-year-old get back to his best? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still reckons so.


13. Gianluigi Donnarumma

It’s hard to believe that Gianluigi Donnarumma is only 21 years old. It feels like the AC Milan and Italy ‘keeper has been around forever.

That’s because he was first called up to Milan’s first team in February 2015, three days before his 16th birthday.

Donnarumma hasn’t blossomed into the world’s best goalkeeper like many expected he would, but there’s still plenty of time on his side.


12. Andre Onana

Ajax’s first-choice goalkeeper for the past four seasons, Andre Onana has been strongly linked with a summer move to Chelsea.

Frank Lampard is reportedly interested in signing the Cameroon international as a replacement for the unconvincing Kepa Arrizabalaga.


11. Unai Simon

An underrated goalkeeper, Unai Simon was one of the best La Liga players in his position this season.

The 23-year-old, who replaced Kepa at San Mames, recently put pen-to-paper on a new five-year contract with Athletic Bilbao and was called up to the Spanish national team by Luis Enrique for the first time.

10. Peter Gulacsi

Peter Gulacsi was on loan at Hereford United in 2009. Now he’s the first-choice goalkeeper of RB Leipzig, this season’s Champions League semi-finalists.

The Hungary international, 30, was previously on Liverpool’s books but never managed to make a first-team appearance for the Reds.


9. Samir Handanovic

Now in the autumn of his career but still a top goalkeeper, Samir Handanovic turned 36 last month.

The former Slovenia international remains Inter Milan’s first-choice ‘keeper.


8. Bernd Leno

Germany have an embarrassment of riches in the goalkeeper department right now.

Bernd Leno, Arsenal’s No. 1 ‘keeper, is the first of three Germans in this list.


7. Ederson

In terms of distribution, Ederson is arguably the best goalkeeper in the world.

His range of passing is incredible, while his ability to kick the ball from one end of the field to the other is remarkable.

However, the Brazilian has made his fair share of errors for Manchester City this season, hence why he’s not higher in the list.


6. Keylor Navas

You don’t play for Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain unless you’re a top player.

Keylor Navas, 33, has won three Champions Leagues during his illustrious career but was unable to add a fourth winners’ medal to his collection with PSG on Sunday night.


5. Thibaut Courtois

After a shaky debut campaign with Real Madrid, Thibaut Courtois was back to his brilliant best during the 2019-20 season.

The Belgian is undoubtedly one of the world’s top five ‘keepers at present.


4. Alisson Becker

The best goalkeeper in the Premier League right now, Alisson Becker has helped Liverpool become champions of England and Europe in his first two seasons at Anfield.

The Brazil international oozes class and rarely makes mistakes.


3. Marc-Andre ter Stegen

Marc-Andre ter Stegen may have conceded eight goals against Bayern Munich recently but how many of those goals were his fault?

That game aside, the German shot-stopper has enjoyed another excellent campaign with Barcelona and will continue to be one of the first names on the teamsheet under Ronald Koeman.


2. Jan Oblak

As a world-class goalkeeper, Jan Oblak ticks all the boxes.

Outstanding for Atletico Madrid from the moment he joined the Spanish club from Benfica in 2014, the Slovenia international is worth his weight in gold to Atleti.


1. Manuel Neuer

But recent weeks have shown that Manuel Neuer, now 34, is still the world’s best goalkeeper.

“Neuer was in top form at the wrong moment,” PSG boss Thomas Tuchel said after his side’s defeat to Bayern in the Champions League final. “He took the goalkeeping game to a new level. Unfortunately for us.”

Neuer is the best ‘keeper of his generation and will be remembered as one of the greatest – if not *the* greatest – of all time when he hangs up his gloves.

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