World Football: Ranking the Top Five Goalkeepers in the World

Saura BhattacharjeeAnalyst INovember 23, 2010

World Football: Ranking the Top Five Goalkeepers in the World

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    With negative football tactics becoming more popular by the day, teams are looking to strengthen their defenses. Every team is signing top quality defenders to avoid conceding goals.

    One of the most important part of any defense is the goalkeeper. The shot-stopper is the one who leads the defense and ploys the tactics. He is also entrusted with the big responsibility of ensuring that the team does not concede any goals during the 90 minutes.

    The goalkeeper might be the least recognized of all the players in a squad, but he is one of the most important players in a football team.

    Presently there are numerous established goalkeepers all around the world and many aspiring and promising goalies too. In these slideshow we will take a look into the top five goalkeepers in the world at present.

#5 : Joe Hart

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    Manchester City's home-bred sensational goalkeeper has been in top form since last season and he is looking poised to earn his place in the England national team permanently.

    The 23-year-old has already cemented his place at Manchester City's starting eleven. His exploits under the post have earned him praises from goalkeeping legends like Gordon Banks, Iker Cassilas and Gianluigi Buffon.

    The English international is very steady and does not get nervous. He is very athletic and confident. The youngster does not stop before jumping at an opponent's feet for the ball. He is also very successful in one-on-one situations as well as during penalty kicks.

    A naturally gifted goalkeeper, he has also good command inside his six yards area and does well to co-ordinate the defense of his club as well as his team. He is presently the most talented youngster and it is expected that Hart will do his bit to meet the huge expectations on his shoulders.

    He is presently in good nick and if the youngster can maintain these form in the future then he will surely go on and become a legend.

#4 : Pepe Reina

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    Liverpool's Spanish goalkeeper is the only reason the Reds' have been spared further horrors early this season as well as in the previous seasons.

    The highly-rated goalkeeper has been impressive since his joining Liverpool. He won the Premier League Golden Glove thrice in his first five seasons. His exploits for his club has made him widely regarded as one of the best in the Premier League as well in the world.

    The Anfield outfit have over the five years been spared many defeats just because of their world-class goalie's exploits under the post. Reina has a very athletic body and combined with his quick reflexes he has turned into the Premier League's one of the best goalkeepers.

#3 : Gianluigi Buffon

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    There cannot be a list of top goalkeepers without this Italian goalkeeping legends name on it.

    The Juventus shot-stopper has maintained his awesome form under the post intact. He is still seen as one of the most talented and skilled goalkeeper at present. Age might have taken its toll on his form. He is presently sidelined with injury, but the eight time Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year has vowed to make a return in January.

    He is widely regarded as the most successful and talented goalkeeper of his generation. With brilliant reflexes and agility he was and probably is one of the most respected shot-stopper.

#2 : Julio Cesar

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    Inter's Brazilian shot-stopper is ranked as one of the finest goalkeepers in present football scenario.

    The 31-year-old Brazilian was voted the 2009 Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year. He is regarded by many as the best goalkeeper in the world at present. He is a specialist in one-on-one situations as well as in long ball conditions.

    After starting as the second-choice goalkeeper for both club and country he delivered some spectacular individual performance to seal his place in the first-team. Super-quick reflexes and top-class athleticism makes him a figure of respect under the bar post. He commands the box with a leadership authority and commands the defense impressively.

    Except some occasional errors he is no doubt one of the few brilliant goalies presently in modern world football.

#1 : Iker Casillas

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    Regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world, Iker Casillas is a defense in itself for both his club as well as country.

    He has been bestowed compliments from all around the world by goalkeeping legends. English goalkeeping legend Gordon Banks praised the 29-year-old Spanish shot-stopper for his brilliant reflexes and even stated that if he could maintain his form he would go on to become the greatest goalkeeper in the history of football.

    Of his many incredible saves, the most memorable was the one against Sevilla during the 2009-10 season. He ran from one end of the goal to another and denied a goal to opposition striker in a one-on-one face off.

    With a brilliant reflex, superb athletcism combined with brilliant techniques Real Madrid's star shot-stopper is undoubtedly the best goalkeeper at present.