Goalkeeping can be a thankless job.
Sure, a shot-stopper will be hailed as a hero upon making a spectacular save to deny an almost-certain goal against, but it’s the sort of recognition that doesn’t last all that long—typically until his next inevitable concession.
Then there’s the blame. It’s assigned to 'keepers more often than not, even when their defense leaves them hanging out to dry.
That’s what we’re concerned with in this slideshow—thanklessness. And unheralded busyness.
Following are the 20 goalkeepers from Europe’s top five leagues who have made the most saves so far this season.
(Statistics courtesy Squawka)