Just like other major positions in football, Goalkeeper also called keeper or goalie is the most specialized position. While the goalie position is often underrated, yet it’s the position that requires confidence and techniques to face a ball coming from the opponents. The prime role of the keeper is to restrain the opponents from scoring the ball over the vicinity of the defended goal line.
Over hundreds of excellent goalkeepers are present in the world of football. Yet, in here we will be picking 10 top goalkeepers seeming fit for FIFA 18. A number of goalies from the FIFA 17 are also featured in the list attributing their enhanced performance in a current season. Apart from them, the list also features the latest entrant of the goalie in FIFA 18. Without any ado, below are the top 10 goalkeepers:
- Jack Butland
Jack Butland, the England national team and English Premier League club Stoke City goalkeeper is the highly revered goalie in Europe. Only been five years since he made debut in the league and has already established a name for himself as the greatest goalkeeper. After being transferred to Cheltenham Town, he played in the club as a first choice keeper. A season later, Stoke City signed him for a fee of 3.3 million pounds.
The 24 years old has made a number of saves and created a lot of clean sheets. In the previous season, he saved the penalty from Eden Hazard which ended up defeating Chelsea in a penalty shootout. At the international level, he has represented England at all group levels. He has won 2010 European Championship and FIFA U-20 World Cup with the national team. During the Olympic tournament, he was also the first choice goalkeeper for the Great Britain.
The youngest goalkeeper to play for the senior England team, we believe the player will see the increment up to 87 in FIFA 18. He was rated 82 in FIFA 17.
- Samir Handanovic
A Slovenian professional footballer, Samir Handanovic plays for the Italian club Inter Milan as a goalkeeper. The goalkeeper regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of the generation is our 9th top goalkeeper in FIFA 18. The goalie started his career at Slovan and later in Domzale. In 2012, he was transferred to Inter Milan in record breaking fee of 11 million Euros. His arrival saw the replacement of the Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar, as he was taken as first choice goalkeeper for the club.
With the club, he has set a record-equaling an all-time league record made in 1948 – 49 season. The Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year and the winner of the Serie A team of the Year, Samir Handanovic has gone on earning 81 caps for Slovenia. The keeper is nicknamed as a Batman for his speed, acrobatic saves, outstanding reflexes and shot stopping abilities.
Samir has made 22 saves and is the second goalkeepers in Serie A to save most penalties. One of the Europe’s finest goalies, he is expected to climb a point to 88 in FIFA 18 from 87.
- Bernd Leno
The German footballer and the Manchester City goalkeeper Bernd Leno is our 8th top goalkeeper in FIFA 18. The player started his career with VfB Stuttgart. However, his start was quite poor relatively to other players. Leno struggled hard and improved significantly over the years to reach on the list of top 10 Goalkeepers.
Right after he extended his contract with the club, the keeper was loaned to Bayer 04 Leverkusen. He made the league debut against the SV Weder Bremen. By the end of the three games, he became the third goalkeeper after Heribert Macherey and Dirk Krussenberg to keep a clean sheet in his all first three games. The player also has achieved the feat of being the youngest goalkeeper to ever play in a Champions League match. He was only 19 years old when his club faced against Chelsea Football Club in group stage of UEFA Champions League.
In FIFA 17, Leno was rated 86 and this year in FIFA 18 we believe the points will increase to 87. Leno known for his adaptability and ability to cease shots from any side is an amazing player with exceptional skills.
- Jan Oblak
A Slovenian professional footballer, Jan Oblak plays as a goalkeeper for Atletico Madrid and Slovenia national team. He is known for being one of the goalkeepers with the most amazing growth. While years back the player was out of the top 10 goalkeepers in the FIFA list, but this year he is striving to be in the top position.
The player started his career at the age of 17 from the Portuguese club Benefic. With the club, he won the domestic treble in the previous season. Oblak then became the La Ligas most expensive goalkeeper of all time, when Atletico Madrid signed him. In the 2015 – 16 seasons the goalie won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy. A trophy given for the best goalkeeper; he only conceded 18 goals in the season. In the Champions League, he saved the saving grace penalty of the Thomas Muller at the Allianz Arena in the second leg. This advanced the club to the finale of the league.
He also became the Slovenian first choice goalkeeper of the national team at the end of 2015. Our 7th top goalkeeper in FIFA 18 was rated 87 in the FIFA 17. This year, in FIFA 18 we are certain the player will see a rise in the rating to 88. Moreover, the player is only 23 and has already possessed amazing stats like another goalie in the leading position.
- Gianluigi Buffon
Italian professional goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon plays for the Serie A club Juventus and the Italy national team. The 39 years old is our 6th top goalkeepers in FIFA 18 and is the only one of the eighteen players to have made over 1000 appears in Italian football. The player is the most capped player in the history of the Italian football. Regarded players, managers, and pundits acclaim him as the greatest goalkeepers of all time and the greatest ever.
Buffon is known for his outstanding stopping and being the most expensive goalkeeper in the history of football. His transfer to Juventus from Parma in 2001 makes him the expensive goalie ever. He has given most clean sheets for Juventus and holds the record for most clean sheets in the entire Serie A. He is the holder of the longest streak without conceding a goal in Serie A. During the previous season, he went unbeaten for 974 minutes and achieved most consecutive clean sheets. For eleven times, he has been named Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year and is the winner of the Yashin Award following Italy’s World Cup Victory. His personality and ability earned him the Golden Foot Award becoming the first goalkeeper ever to win the prestigious award.
With the club, the player has won many league and awards. These include winning Serie A, Serie B, Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italian and runner-up of UEFA Champions League. We expect the Golden Foot recipient to have 88 rating in the upcoming installment of FIFA.
- Petr Cech
Petr Cech, a professional footballer plays as a goalie for the English Premier League club, Arsenal. The goalie is the former captain of the Czech Republic national team. The player came to limelight since joining to Chelsea football club in 2004. Previously, he played for Chmel Blsany, Rennes, and Sparta.
During his tenure at Chelsea, he made overall 486 appearances. With the club, Cech helped win Premier League titles, League Cups, FA Cups, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League. He made a club record of 220 clean sheets for Chelsea making him the greatest goalkeeper in the history of the football. For his country, the player holds the most capped player with 124 caps in the history of Czech football team. The player has won the Golden Glove four times for making the number of clean sheets in the Premier League. Likewise, he is the only player to bag Golden Glove with two different clubs.
Cech has been considered to be one of the respected and greatest goalkeepers of the generation. The keeper is good in handling, reflexes and stopping abilities. This season the player also recorded his 170th Premier League clean sheet. Rated 88 in FIFA 17, this year the player moves up to 5th on the list expecting to make 89 rating in FIFA 18.
- Hugo Lloris
Hugo Lloris, a professional footballer playing as a goalkeeper for the French National team and the Tottenham Hotspur undoubtedly is the best goalkeeper in the world. The goalie is described as the keeper who boasts lighting reflexes and a formidable opponent in 1-1 situations. The French keeper has won the National Union of professional Footballer Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year award thrice. He started his career with the OGC Nice and later moved to Olympique Lyonnais. With the club, he won several domestic awards.
The player moved to Tottenham Hotspur in 2012 and has signed an extension contract of five-years in 2014. In comparison to the previous season, this year the club in overall has made great progress. This season the club is beyond striving for the Champions League position but to be the leader and win the Premier League title. Lloris has made clean sheets in numerous games and saved numerous shots from the attackers. His exceptional performances, we believe will earn him 89 rating in FIFA 18, a point increase from the FIFA 17.
- David De Gea
The Spanish professional footballer, David De Gea plays as a goalie for Manchester United and the Spain team. Hailed as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, the player has lost against Courtois this year. Previously the second top goalkeeper in FIFA 17, he has dropped to 3rd.
Known as De Gea, the player began his career with Atletico Madrid. He helped the team win UEFA Super Cup and the UEFA Europa League. His performances caught the attention of the Manchester United and got signed by the club for a great record fee. Since joining the club, the 26 years old has made over 200 apps and won a number of leagues. These include Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and Community Shields.
This season despite the poor performance of the team and the weakness in defence he hasn’t been able to keep a lot of clean sheets. Besides, the club is also struggling hard to reach the top 4 position for the Champions League. Despite, the player is still the top goalkeeper and one of the best in the world. Previously received 90 rating in FIFA 17, we expect the rating to remain constant in FIFA 18 as well.
- Thibaut Courtois
Previously rated 3rd in FIFA 17, we believe the player deserves the second spot in FIFA 18. The professional Belgian footballer, Thiabut Courtois plays as a goalie for Chelsea and the national team. Before returning back to Chelsea, the keeper played three years with Atletico on loan. With the club, he won Europa League, Copa del Rey, and the La Liga title. During his tenure in La Liga, he was awarded the Ricardo Zamora Trophy, an award for the best goalkeeper in La Liga.
Since, joining Chelsea, the player has led the club win League Cup and the Premier League title. The previous season, he couldn’t create much impact and clean sheets. However, he has gone much better not with just ceasing the balls from the opponents but keeping 10 clean sheets in this season. The winner of the Belgian Professional Goalkeeper of the Year played every minute during the qualification round of 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The young and agile goalkeeper, Thiabut Courtois is our 2nd top Goalkeeper in FIFA 18. Previously rated 89, we are certain to see his rating rise up to 91.
- Manuel Neuer
Bayern Munich and the Germany national team goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is our number 1 top goalkeeper in FIFA 18. The goalie serves as vice-captain for the club and captain of a national team. The player is known as sweeper keeper for his unique style of playing and speed. The 31 years old has great strength, excellent and quick reflexes plus shot stopping abilities and long throwing range.
Numbers of renowned commentators and pundits have acclaimed him as the world’s best goalkeeper. The current holder of IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper award, the keeper has helped the club win Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, DFL-Supercup and FIFA Club World Cup. Neuer also led the German to win FIFA World Cup in 2014 under his captaincy.
The best and the complete goalkeepers of all time, Neuer was rated third for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award only behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Rated by the Guardian as the third best player in the world, Neuer received 92 rating in FIFA 17. The player is exceptionally better at ball control, footwork and reflexes. Unlike the previous, although the goalie has given up goals against the competitors yet he hasn’t failed to render magnificent keeping. Thus, we expect the player rating to remain the same in FIFA 18 as in prior.