Who's the best goalkeeper in the world? Iker Casillas leaves Alisson out top five

Iker Casillas has named who he feels are the five best goalkeepers on the planet.

The Real Madrid legend knows a thing or two about shot-stopping given he spent well over a decade as first-choice keeper at arguably the biggest club in the world.

And it’s always nice when someone with a wealth of expertise weighs in on a matter such as this because, let’s face it, barely anyone really understands what it takes to become a world class keeper.

Sure, we’ve all played football plenty throughout our lives but goalkeeping is like a whole different sport all together.

If you think about it, it’s actually more like a cross between cricket and gymnastics than football.

And for that reason, unless you specialised there, it’s pretty impossible to understand what is required at the very top level in that position.

Casillas was asked by Diario AS’ YouTube Channel to name his top five and so we’ve included a summary for you below.

5. Manuel Neuer

The iconic Bayern Munich stopper might just be remembered as the finest of his generation when we look back, so it seems only fitting that he’s included in Casillas’ top five.

Neuer was the first to really perfect the art of the ‘sweeper keeper’ and plays the role to great effect to this day, despite now being the ripe old age of 36.

Undoubtedly one of the very best to ever do it.

Manuel Neuer
WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 20: Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich reacts during the pre-season friendly match between DC United and Bayern Munich at Audi Field on July 20, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

4. Marc-Andre Ter Stegen

Another German in at number four then, although it’s fair to say that Ter Stegen has never reached the heights of his compatriot in his career to date.

It’s actually rather surprising that Ter Stegen makes this list – especially ahead of Neuer, who remains captain of the German national team to this day, keeping his place in the starting XI at Ter Stegen’s expense.

Ter Stegen of Barcelona
BARCELONA, SPAIN – OCTOBER 20: Marc-Andre ter Stegen of FC Barcelona looks on during the UEFA Champions League group E match between FC Barcelona and Dinamo Kiev at Camp Nou on October 20, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

3. Jan Oblak

If this list had been formulated last summer then it would have been a fair shout to include Oblak at number one.

The Atletico keeper boasted an exemplary record for many years at Atletico but has let his form slip across the past 12 months, there can be no denying that.

Jan Oblak Atletico Madrid
Oblak

2. Ederson Morales

Manchester City’s Brazilian keeper is another interesting inclusion. Whilst he’s certainly brilliant with his feet, there have been question marks posed recently about his shot-stopping ability – which, naturally, should be a keeper’s bread and butter.

The fact he’s included over his compatriot, Alisson Becker, also raises a few eyebrows given the Liverpool star keeps Ederson out of the Brazil squad.

But, then again, we aren’t the expert here and Casillas knows what he’s talking about.

Ederson Man City
Man City’s Ederson won the Premier League Golden Glove.

1. Thibaut Courtois

Little bit of bias there, Iker? Na, only kidding, we feel like Courtois is a totally justifiable selection for the number one spot – did you see him in last season’s Champions League?

The Belgian was absolutely immense and aside from Karim Benzema, might have been the most important factor in Los Blancos’ European triumph.

Thibaut Courtois Real Madrid
PARIS, FRANCE – MAY 28: Thibaut Courtois of Real Madrid celebrates with the UEFA Champions League Trophy after their sides victory in the UEFA Champions League final match between Liverpool FC and Real Madrid at Stade de France on May 28, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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