This article ranks the five finest goalkeepers in the French top flight, Ligue 1.
The influx of money into the league, via Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco, has increased the profile of the French division and drawn greater focus upon its narratives, subplots and stars.
This piece focuses on the division’s goalkeepers, the men charged with providing a final line of defence for their sides and protecting the sanctity of their goallines.
This is an area where Ligue 1 excels, with many of the league’s 20 teams possessing excellent stoppers. Some may bemoan the lack of goalmouth action in the division, but it is important to remember that 12 of the league’s teams enjoyed better defensive records than their Premier League counterparts last term.
Such is the French top flight’s strength in this area, that some established stoppers have missed out on making this list.
International keepers Mickael Landreau and Steve Mandanda—a personal favourite of mine—were unlucky to miss out, while Memo Ochoa of Ajaccio and David Ospina of Nice could easily force their way into this list following strong seasons.