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Ranking the Top 10 Goalkeepers in the World

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Ranking the Top 10 Goalkeepers in the World

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As soccer is back in full swing, it's time to evaluate the best goalies in the world. Here are the top 10.

10. Roman Weidenfeller

Roman Weidenfeller
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10. Roman Weidenfeller

Roman Weidenfeller
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Roman Weidenfeller is a great keeper who will stay with Borussia Dortmund for a long time, if not his whole career. He has quick reflexes and is a great leader of Dortmund’s solid backline. He has a tendency to go off and secure wins or draws almost single-handedly, which Napoli and Bayern Munich know too well.

9. Guillermo Ochoa

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9. Guillermo Ochoa

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Ochoa was one of many keepers to have pulled out an amazing performance during the World Cup and kept their nation’s dreams alive. “Memo” displayed great reflexes and poise in Brazil, most notably when Mexico drew against Brazil. He was the last line of defense for Mexico and faced a constant barrage of shots, which he parried away like the Spartans at Thermopylae. He is also known for his acrobatic style of saves.

8. Hugo Lloris

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8. Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris
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Hugo Lloris is one of the best goalkeepers to have between the sticks when there’s a one-on-one chance. He has lightning quick reflexes and stole the French goalkeeping throne from another great keeper, Steve Mandanda. However, a weakness of Lloris is his ability to handle the pressure of a big stage.

7. Tim Howard

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7. Tim Howard

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Tim Howard was one of the first players to break the stereotype that persists in world football about American skill. Heralded as the “Secretary of Defense,” Howard consistently puts the hopes of the United States and Everton on his shoulders, and he's a main factor in both of the teams’ success. His 16 saves in one World Cup match displayed his excellence in reacting and positioning, and he's known to have a loud mouth that commands his squad.

6. Petr Cech

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6. Petr Cech

Petr Cech
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Cech is very similar to Thibaut Courtois in size, but he lacks to aerial dominance of Courtois and is hesitant to go for crosses in his penalty area. Nevertheless, his ability to come back from a life threatening injury to produce world-class saves and consistency in the net is something to praise.

5. Thibaut Courtois

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5. Thibaut Courtois

Thibaut Courtois
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Thibaut Courtois is the most promising young goalkeeper in the world, and the skill he possesses already is scary. He has already pushed last year’s joint Barclays Golden Glove winner Petr Cech to the bench, won La Liga and was mere minutes from winning the Champions League. His 6-foot-6 frame allows him to command the penalty area, punch out crosses and reach anywhere on the goal for a save. He also had 19 clean sheets in total last year.

4. Salvatore Sirigu

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4. Salvatore Sirigu

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Salvatore Sirigu is a top-flight goalie and understudy to one of the best ever, Gigi Buffon. Last year, he saved 92 percent of the shots he faced, leading Paris Saint-Germain to a league title. He also holds a club record for minutes played without conceding a goal, which stands at 697. It's a shame that he is overshadowed by Buffon for the Azzuri, but he definitely benefited from it and will soon be the No. 1 for the Italians.

3. Gianluigi Buffon

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3. Gianluigi Buffon

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The most expensive goalkeeper in history, Gianlugi Buffon certainly has a reputation for brilliance. He is the captain and commander of both Juventus and the Italian national team, having won Serie A five times and the 2006 World Cup. Add in the World Cup Yashin award (a golden glove under a different name), a Ballon d’Or runner up and the nickname “Superman”, and Buffon’s legend is one for the ages.

2. Iker Casillas

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2. Iker Casillas

Iker Casillas
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There’s a reason why Iker Casillas is called “San Iker” in Spain: Being the face and captain of Real Madrid, captaining Spain to a World Cup win in 2010 and being the IFFHS best keeper in the world five years running, he deserves the praise. His club and country have leaned on him for such a long time that it has become expected of him to perform so brilliantly, so some tend to overlook his mastery of positioning, reflexes and decision making.

1. Manuel Neuer

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1. Manuel Neuer

Manuel Neuer
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Manuel Neuer is the perfect goalie. He performs every aspect of goalkeeping to perfection, garnering the Golden Glove in this past summer’s World Cup, as well as a nomination for UEFA’s best player of the year. You know a keeper is truly magnificent when he is up for awards against the best field players in the world, and it’s truly a blessing to watch him play. He is a major factor in Bayern Munich’s title efforts and Germany's World Cup win.