Iker Casillas voted world's best goalkeeper

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Real Madrid shot-stopper Iker Casillas has been voted as the world's best goalkeeper in a recent GMF Facebook poll.

More than 135,000 football fans took part, and the Spain keeper was the unanimous winner, taking 54% of the vote.

The seven contenders for the 'world's best' title were presented yesterday, but there was only one winner for GMF fans - Casillas receiving more than 72,000 votes.

Chelsea shot-stopper Petr Cech was beaten into second place - the Czech receiving 19%. Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon took 12% of the vote - a surprisingly low number for one of the greatest goalkeepers of the last 15 years.

Victor Valdes, Joe Hart, Manuel Neuer and Hugo Lloris were also options in the poll, but the four keepers received a negligible amount of votes - 2% for Valdes, 3% for Hart, 7% for Neuer and just 1% for new Spurs signing Hugo Lloris.

But Casillas was the clear choice, and a good choice. The 31-year-old has won all major club and national championship titles across an incredible 13 year career.

At Real Madrid, Casillas has won five La Liga titles - the majority as captain - one Copa Del Rey and two Champions Leagues.

As captain of Spain the great goalkeeper has won two European Championships and one World Cup - the first in his country's history.

He kept net as Spain won Euro 2008 - their first international trophy in 44 years, and won the Yashin Award at the World Cup in South Africa as Spain became World Champions for the first time.

He is now the most capped player in the country's history, and has captained quite possibly the best international side of all-time, winning back-to-back-to-back international competitions from 2008 to 2012.

For the past four years he's won the FIFA World's Best Goalkeeper award, and has made the UEFA Team of the Year for the past five seasons - whether team or individual, if Casillas competes, he inevitably wins.

His only real competition over the last decade - Gianluigi Buffon - was at the peak of his powers around the early-to-middle of the 2000's, helping Italy win the World Cup in 2006, and Juventus to a Champions League in 2003.

But since then Casillas has reigned supreme. Some consider Buffon a more imposing presence between the sticks, but Casillas has since established himself atop the world game through sheer weight of trophies.

Capable of outrageous saves thanks to marvellous agility, the Madrid keeper is perhaps best known for his unbelievable shot-stopping.

A fantastic distributor, commanding leader and imposing penalty box presence, Casillas has pulled off the spectacular time and time again at the Bernabeu, and has become a Madrid legend.

But he will not stay at the top forever. The next generation may not have hoovered up many votes this time around, but the likes of Joe Hart, Manuel Neuer and Hugo Lloris will be the Casillas and Buffon's of the next 15 years.

Still, at 31 years old Casillas has at least another half an decade at the top. He's the best of the current crop, and he's one of the best of all-time. GMF fans picked a worthy winner.

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