Over the past few years, no position has undergone a bigger transformation than the goalkeeper.
Once there purely to show off their cat-like diving skills to keep the ball out of the net, the men between the sticks are now being trusted in possession, kick-starting attacks with expert passes and ice-cold composure.
Of course, despite their new-found importance, goalkeepers are still nowhere near as glamorised as their attacking counterparts. And that’s reflected in their comparatively low value on the Football Index exchange.
But enough about strikers and wingers. Who are the top 10 goalkeepers in the world right now according to their Football Index value? Let’s take a look.
10. Marc-Andre ter Stegen
Football Index value: Buy: £0.54 Sell: £0.49
The first entry on our list, Marc-Andre ter Stegen remains one of the most consistent goalkeepers in Europe and criminally underrated at international level.
The fact Ter Stegen has just 24 caps for Germany is as much a travesty as it is testament to Manuel Neuer’s skills, but the 27-year-old has been unrelenting in his defence of the Barcelona goalmouth for some time now, helping the Blaugrana to nine major honours so far.
9. Jan Oblak
Club: Atletico Madrid
Football Index value: Buy: £0.56 Sell: £0.50
Jan Oblak has been ruthlessly consistent for years now, winning the La Liga Zamora Trophy – awarded to the goalkeeper with the lowest goals-to-game ratio – four years in a row.
The fact he plies his trade in La Liga and not the Premier League does hinder his Football Index value slightly but a buy price of £0.56 per share is still healthy for a goalkeeper. Oblak has often been linked with a move to these shores, so keeping an eye on his value may not be the worst idea.
8. Aaron Ramsdale
Football Index value: Buy: £0.56 Sell: £0.53
Sitting ahead of Oblak thanks to his slightly higher sell value, Aaron Ramsdale is enjoying a real breakthrough season with Bournemouth, playing in each of the Cherries’ Premier League games so far.
The 21-year-old has made the fourth-highest number of saves (70) in the English top-flight this term, helping maintain his place in the England U-21 side. Not bad for a player released by Bolton Wanderers at 15 years old for being “too small”.
7. Alexander Nübel
Club: FC Schalke
Football Index value: Buy: £0.58 Sell: £0.52
Alexander Nübel is all set to join Bayern Munich on a free transfer in the summer and, as such, his share price has rocketed over the past week, now costing you a handsome £0.58 per go.
Whether he will go straight in ahead of Neuer or be a long-term replacement for the goalkeeping icon remains to be seen but in the here and now, Nübel has kept the third-highest number of clean sheets (3) in the Bundesliga this season.
6. Simon Moore
Club: Sheffield United
Football Index value: Buy £0.61 Sell: £0.55
Back-up to Dean Henderson at Sheffield United, Simon Moore has been restricted to just three appearances across all competitions this season. Just one of those came in the Premier League — against Henderson’s parent club, Manchester United.
5. Dean Henderson
Club: Sheffield United (Manchester United)
Football Index value: Buy: £0.62 Sell: £0.58
Henderson has once again been in fine form for Sheffield United this season, so much so that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is backing him to rival David de Gea upon his return to Old Trafford next term.
If the 22-year-old keeps up his high performance levels, there’s no reason why he can’t usurp the Spaniard, or Jordan Pickford in the England national team.
Club: Manchester City
Football Index value: Buy: £0.65 Sell: £0.58
He might not be able to overhaul Alisson for Brazil, but there’s absolutely no questioning Ederson’s standing as a world-class goalkeeper.
The 26-year-old is vital to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, well-illustrated by his average of 0.99 goals conceded per 90 minutes in the Premier League this season, compared to back-up ‘keeper Claudio Bravo’s 1.82.
3. David de Gea
Club: Manchester United
Football Index value: Buy: £0.67 Sell: £0.62
David de Gea might be more prone to some horrendous errors these days but he still remains one of United’s best players and one of the most highly-rated goalkeepers on the planet.
De Gea’s performance was one of the few highlights of the Red Devils’ languid 3-1 Carabao Cup defeat to rivals Manchester City recently, as noted by Marcus Rashford, who hailed the Spaniard as “world-class”.
How long his future remains at Old Trafford for remains to be seen.
2. Gianluigi Donnarumma
Club: AC Milan
Football Index value: Buy: £0.67 Sell: £0.63
A bit of a surprise entry at number two, Gianluigi Donnarumma sits ahead of De Gea thanks to his slightly superior resale value.
Having become the second-youngest goalkeeper in Serie A history at 16 years and 242 days back in October 2015, the Italian has been widely talked about as Europe’s next great stopper for some time now.
It’s true that his career has somewhat stalled recently, but Donnarumma still has a ton of talent and plenty of years remaining to make his mark. Donnarumma has made no secret of his desire to seek pastures new and given his relationship with super-agent Mino Raiola, that might well be the case soon enough.
Football Index value: Buy: £0.86 Sell: £0.80
Coming in at number one with a share price of £0.86 is Liverpool’s supreme stopper, Alisson Becker.
While Virgil van Dijk continues to take most of the credit for revitalising Jurgen Klopp’s defence, Alisson’s effect in keeping the goals in is undeniable, while he consistently makes huge saves and massive games. Definitely the man for the big occasion.
He might just be the best goalkeeper on the planet right now and at just 27, his prime years are only just coming into focus.
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