While players further up the field may grab more of the headlines, it is impossible to overstate the importance of a reliable goalkeeper.
Interestingly a number of world class keepers such as Shay Given, Petr Cech and Edwin Van Der Saar will be notably absent from this year's World Cup. Others, like Jose Reina and Victor Valdes, appear destined to remain on the sidelines.
For me there is very little to choose between the top three goalkeepers on the list, and I also struggled to separate the keepers in the bottom half of the list. Take a look.