"Goalkeepers are different," to invoke the title of soccer writing legend Brian Glanville’s 1971 novel. And there are many differences between goalkeepers, especially at this point in the game’s development.
The goalkeeper used to be a separate entity from the rest of the team. Now, they are far more integrated due to managers like Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp modifying their duties and asking them to play as quasi-outfield players.
About the only qualification for being a top goalkeeper is being over 6 feet in height. Beyond that, they come in all shapes, sizes and with many different dispositions. Keepers no longer have to be crazy, but it can help.
David Henderson, a former goalkeeping coach with the Republic of Ireland national team setup, has scouted for English club Aston Villa, Scottish club Hibernian and Irish club Bohemian. He lends a specialist scouting view on 11 of the best keepers in the world.
Note: All stats are updated through Dec. 2.