Iker Casillas, Gianluigi Buffon and Jens Lehmann Amongst Decade's Top 10 Keepers

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Iker Casillas, Gianluigi Buffon and Jens Lehmann Amongst Decade's Top 10 Keepers
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The image of Iker Casillas crying, moments after Andres Iniesta scored the winner for Spain in the World Cup will stay forever, and the Spanish captain was emotional after the first World Championship triumph for Spain. But it was due to his brilliance that Arjen Robben was denied twice from point-blank range which led to the victory.

Goalkeepers are amongst the most important players in a team, and a team without a good goalkeeper in their ranks have rarely achieved success in the world stage.

They have the ability to change the course of the game by instilling confidence in the defense and inspiring the team through their amazing saves. A bad goalkeeper could cause a lot of problems for the defense, and does not bring stability to the team.

Goalkeepers are not as active as the outfield players, and they may remain inactive for most of the match, when their team is dominating, but when they called into action, they need to be at their best to thwart the opposition.

Their distribution is also extremely important and they have an important role to play in starting the attacks from the back.

In this list, I have mentioned 10 keepers who have been outstanding in this decade, and this article does not rank the goalkeepers. However, I would like to name Gianluigi Buffon and Iker Casillas as the best keepers of the decade and they stand out amongst the rest of good goalkeepers.

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