The goalkeeper is one of the most important players on any football team. Goalkeepers are the last line of defense and this means that they are expected to maintain focus as they prepare for counterattacks and ambitious long balls.
These days, goalkeepers are expected to do more than just pull off saves. They are now expected to be excellent distributors of the ball as they help their teams build attacks.
Last season, a handful of goalkeepers proved their worth for their teams with impressive saves, outstanding organization of their defense, and also the creation of lots of chances for their teams.
Without further ado, below are the top five best goalkeepers in Europe’s top leagues last season:
5. Kevin Trapp – Eintracht Frankfurt
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Kevin Trapp was a very instrumental player for Eintracht Frankfurt last season. He helped organize his team’s defense, made impressive saves, and unhesitatingly rushed out of his line when needed.
Trapp helped Eintracht Frankfurt win the Europa League with two match-defining saves and also stopped Aaron Ramsey’s penalty to deliver the trophy to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Trapp also made a whopping 112 saves in 32 Bundesliga matches, keeping five clean sheets. He attained a save percentage of 72.9, making him one of the best in the division.
4. Ederson Moraes – Manchester City
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Ederson Moraes won the English Premier League with Manchester City last season. He also helped Manchester City reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Ederson Moraes is one of the best ball-playing goalkeepers in the world and he has enjoyed outstanding success in England since joining Manchester City having won 11 trophies since 2017.
Ederson, who won the Premier League Golden Glove award in the two previous seasons (2019-20, 2020-21), completed his hat-trick last term.
The 28-year-old goalkeeper kept 20 clean sheets, making a total of 60 saves. He also had 17 high claims and rushed off his lines 19 times.
3. Mike Maignan – AC Milan
Few knew AC Milan had pulled off a coup when they signed Mike Maignan. The French goalkeeper was ever reliable and his presence at the back gave the Italian club the platform needed to finally end their Serie A title drought in the 2021-22 season, winning the top prize after a long wait of 11 years.
Maignan kept 17 clean sheets in the 2021-22 Serie A campaign, securing an 81.2 percent save percentage (81 saves). He deservedly won the Serie A Golden Glove for his heroics.
2. Alisson Becker – Liverpool
Liverpool’s signature of Alisson Becker from AS Roma was one of the turning points in Liverpool’s newly found dominance in world football.
He won the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup with Liverpool before finishing second in the English Premier League and reaching the final in the Champions League, where he kept four clean sheets.
Alisson, who has won one Premier League title and one Champions League trophy with the Reds, amongst other honors, was the joint Premier League Golden Glove award winner in the 2021-22 season. He kept 20 clean sheets (76 saves) in the English top-flight, the same as Manchester City stopper Ederson.
1. Thibaut Courtois – Real Madrid
Thibaut Courtois cemented his place as the best goalkeeper in the world when he singlehandedly kept Real Madrid in the Champions League final with many world-class saves.
He helped the Spanish La Liga side win the Spanish La Liga and the Champions League, making made a whopping 56 saves in 13 Champions League games.
The 30-year-old made nine saves in the final against Liverpool, winning the Man of the Match award and becoming the first goalkeeper to make as many saves in a Champions League final.