There is one topic that has always been, and always will be debated with no factual empirical answer: “Who is the best keeper in the world?”
Opinion will always be the final source of any individual involved in the debate.
Of course, it is easy to rate and differentiate top goalkeepers from the rest of the pack, but to say one is the best simply comes down to what one perceives a goalkeeper should be.
To borrow the proverb concerning the assessment of the most beautiful woman, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
While I will not answer this question for you, I will give a brief synopsis of the top five in the world today and rate them as I see it:
1. Julio Cesar- To rate a Brazilian as the world’s top keeper would have been comical over the last 30 years, but the Selacao has finally produced a netminder worthy of their legendary squad.
Also risky is putting a newcomer to the front of the line without the usual time proven performances.
Yet Cesar’s current form is top shelf and he is singlehandedly responsible for Inter Milan still having a chance to move on in the Champions League.
While it is not prudent to rate a GK over a short span of time, his recent performances have been stellar.
A solid match between the posts for Brazil against Italy and man of the match performances in the Milan Derby and the CL match against Man. United have made me a believer that he is no fluke.
I find him comparable to Iker Casillas in stature and style. Quick, alert, smart and decisive in his play, Cesar has shown that his technical abilities are as sharp as his mental components when it comes to stonewalling the opposition.
At age 29, there is still much to see (and prove), but I would not hesitate to put him in my World XI today.