Thibaut Courtois is currently the number one goalkeeper in the world according to FIFA’s The Best awards, now the Real Madrid number one has named the three men he thinks are the top three.
2018 was quite the year for Thibaut Courtois as the Real Madrid goalkeeper won the Golden Glove award for best keeper at the World Cup, then picked up the FIFA Best award for best goalie of the year whilst he also secured his dream move to Real Madrid inbetween.
By those parameters the Belgian is the best keeper in the world, or at least he has been this year, beating off some big competition on the way.
In fact it’s been a big year for goalkeeper with the transfer record for the position broken twice, when it hadn’t been broken since Gianluigi Buffon’s move to Juventus from Parma. The Italian even moved to PSG.
So with all that goalkeeper movement there’s been a bit of a change to the natural order and Courtois, despite being de facto number one, has named his top three keepers.
Speaking to AS the former Atletico Madrid number one said, “[Marc-André] Ter Stegen, Alisson and [Jan] Oblak.
“They’re all great goalkeepers, but I don’t know who’s the best. I couldn’t pick one.
“That depends on the time, of the defensive line and also of the whole team. I think I’ve also shown that I’m at a high level.”
Naming those three means that Courtois has missed out Manchester United’s David de Gea, his replacement at Chelsea Kepa Arrizabalaga as well as Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer.
Barcelona’s Ter Stegen has been an integral part of their success in recent years as the La Liga champions defence continues to ask questions.
Alisson became the world’s most expensive keeper for a very short time when he moved to Liverpool and has had a good start to life in England.
Oblak is the most consistent keeper in the world right now and has played at the top level for Atleti since replacing Courtois.
De Gea is probably the most surprising omission from the list. Despite some bad performances in the World Cup he still remains integral to Manchester United.