The 25 best goalkeepers in world football - ranked

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Look, compiling a list of the 25 best players in any position is really difficult.

But it's a whole lot of fun and stirs debate - and that's what football's about, right?

So here's your current list of the top 25 goalkeepers on the planet at the moment, as judged by 90min as part of our 2023 Welcome to World Class series.

25. Yehvann Diouf

Yehvann Diouf has impressed / JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/GettyImages

We kick off the list with a player who broke onto the scene in 2022/23, becoming one of the highest rated young goalkeepers around thanks to his brilliant form with Reims.

Yehvann Diouf is dependable and has a flair for spectacular saves too.

24. Gregor Kobel

Gregor Kobel
Kobel has impressed for Dortmund / Stuart Franklin/GettyImages

Despite the embarrassment of riches Borussia Dortmund have boasted in attack over the years, they've never really had a top shot stopper.

But Kobel could be the man to finally end BVB's fears. Still in his mid 20s, the Switzerland international has been impressive since arriving from Stuttgart.

23. Frederik Ronnow

Frederik Roennow
Ronnow is shining in the Bundesliga / Marvin Ibo Guengoer - GES Sportfoto/GettyImages

It took a while for Frederik Ronnow to establish himself outside of Denmark, but he was eventually trusted by Union Berlin.

Union conceded only 38 goals in the 2022/23 Bundesliga, the joint best effort alongside Bayern Munich. Ronnow will hope to usurp Kasper Schmeichel as the Danes' main goalie soon, too.

22. Giorgi Mamardashvili

Giorgi Mamardashvili
Valencia's number one / Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/GettyImages

Giorgi Mamardashvili is a name which popped up quite a bit over the summer, with the goalkeeper being linked with basically every club in Europe at some point.

The 22-year-old will eventually earn a move to a top club, but for now he's gaining plenty of good experience with Valencia.

21. Guglielmo Vicario

Guglielmo Vicario, Heung-min Son
Vicario is Tottenham's new number one / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Italian goalie Guglielmo Vicario has done things the hard way throughout his playing career but a fine season with Empoli earned him a move to Tottenham.

He's been in great form since arriving in the Premier League.

20. Koen Casteels

Koen Casteels
Casteels is quite literally massive / Stuart Franklin/GettyImages

If not for Thibaut Courtois, Wolfsburg's Koen Casteels would definitely have more than his measly five caps for Belgium so far in his career.

Unfortunately, he'll have to deal with being their second-choice for a little while longer. But at least he's done enough to get a ranking on this list, eh?

19. Yann Sommer

Yann Sommer
Sommer is one of the Bundesliga's top goalkeepers / Stuart Franklin/GettyImages

Yann Sommer's move to Bayern Munich from Borussia Monchengladbach when Manuel Neuer got injured stunk of a lot of what's wrong with the Bundesliga in the modern age.

Bayern's monopoly on the division helped them pick up a consistent performer in Sommer, who was brilliant for Switzerland at Euro 2020, as Neuer's temporary replacement.

18. David Raya

UEFA Nations League 2022/23 Final"Croatia v Spain"
Raya was a squad member as Spain won the 2022/23 Nations League / ANP/GettyImages

David Raya has turned into one of the Premier League's top shot stoppers and his role as a playmaker at the back has made Brentford a slick operation under Thomas Frank.

Now he's finally got his big move to a top club in Arsenal, expect Raya to become a regular at the Emirates sooner rather than later.

17. Jordan Pickford

Jordan Pickford
What a hilarious chap / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Despite spending much of his Premier League career as a meme, Pickford has undergone quite the redemption arc in the last two years or so.

He's quietly improved his reliability and remains as useful as ever in possession, while he was one of the top players at Euro 2020 and would have become a national hero had that final shootout ended in an England win.

16. Unai Simon

Unai Simon
Athletic knew they had a ready made replacement for Kepa / BSR Agency/Getty Images

A regular in the Spanish national team, Unai Simon is deserving of his place in the top 25 even if that error at the Euros continues to follow him around.

Two penalty saves in the Nations League final victory over Croatia endeared Simon to the Roja faithful.

15. Bernd Leno

Bernd Leno
Leno has improved at Fulham / Matt McNulty/GettyImages

Whether the pressure of playing for Arsenal got to Bernd Leno or he simply endured a rough patch of form at Emirates is anybody's guess.

At Fulham, however, the German goalie has improved markedly and is now one of the English top flight's more reliable custodians.

14. Aaron Ramsdale

Aaron Ramsdale
A quality goalkeeper / Visionhaus/GettyImages

You've heard all the jokes about Aaron Ramsdale's bazillion relegations from the Premier League.

But strikers and forwards alike aren't laughing anymore thanks to his collection of highlight reel saves. He loves the chat, too.

13. Nick Pope

Nick Pope
Pope is a fearsome goalie for Newcastle / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

There are few around with the sheer box presence and command of their defence like Nick Pope.

The England international isn't too hot with the ball at his feet but that matters little to Eddie Howe and the Magpies, whose qualification for the Champions League was aided tremendously by Pope's consistent performances between the sticks.

12. Diogo Costa

Diogo Meireles Costa
A quality GK / Giuseppe Bellini/GettyImages

Still just 23 years old, Diogo Costa has been one of the most talked about goalkeepers in Europe for quite a while - and for good reason too.

Costa's the archetypal modern day goalkeeper, and will surely be the number one for one of the biggest clubs in Europe very, very soon.

11. Gianluigi Donnarumma

Gianluigi Donnarumma
Donnarumma is fulfilling his potential / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Now this lad has a bright future.

After leaving boyhood club Milan for Paris Saint-Germain, Gigio's future looked to be carved out. He finally usurped Keylor Navas as PSG's undisputed starter and was a key part of the Azzurri team which won Euro 2020, also being named player of the tournament too.

Some poor years since including disastrous mishaps in the Champions League see him drop out of the top ten.

10. Yassine Bounou

Yassine Bounou Bono
Here comes Bono / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Morocco international Yassine Bounou - commonly known as Bono - has emerged as one of the finest stoppers in La Liga since his move to Sevilla.

He performed heroics as his side won the Europa League in 2020 and also enjoyed a wonderful 2022 World Cup as Morocco reached the semi finals.

9. Jan Oblak

Jan Oblak
Oblak has looked shaky recently / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

There are times watching five-time Zamora Trophy winner Jan Oblak when you might genuinely believe he has the power to attract the ball towards his hands. It's like his gloves have their own gravitational pull.

However, he hasn't looked his formidable self over the last 12 months while his competitors have thrived, so his ranking has dropped as a result.

8. Andre Onana

Andre Onana
Man Utd's new number one / Visionhaus/GettyImages

A year out of the game for a drugs ban was tough for Andre Onana but he's quickly established himself ahead of Samir Handanovic at Inter.

The former Ajax stopper brings the ball out of his box regularly, aiding his side's build-up play with terrific distribution while making important saves between the sticks.

There's a very good reason why Man Utd spent a boatload to sign him.

7. Emiliano Martinez

Emiliano Martinez
Martinez's rise has been incredible / Clive Mason/GettyImages

What a rise it's been for Emi Martinez.

The Argentinian moved to Aston Villa after a few months in the spotlight at Arsenal and has since proven he's really, really bloody good.

So good, in fact, that he's become Argentina's number one, played a big part in winning them the World Cup and Copa America and earned Lionel Messi's respect with his s***house antics.

6. Manuel Neuer

Manuel Neuer
Neuer is back to his best after struggling with injuries late in the 2010s / Sebastian Widmann/GettyImages

Manuel Neuer played a big role in the reinvention of the modern goalkeeper and he remains one of the very best sweeper-keepers in the business today.

He's only got a few years left and a skiing injury saw him ruled out of the end of the 2022/23 season, but he should be back to his best soon enough.

5. Ederson

Ederson has incredible distribution / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

When Pep Guardiola made a cheeky remark about Ederson being the best penalty taker at Manchester City everyone believed him - such is the technical ability of the Brazilian stopper.

2022/23 saw the Brazilian rise to the occasion in the Champions League, making heroic stops against Real Madrid and Inter as City won the tournament for the first time ever.

4. Mike Maignan

Mike Maignan
Hugo Lloris' long term replacement in net for France? / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

Milan had a huge goalkeeper-shaped hole to fill when Gianluigi Donnarumma departed, but since Mike Maignan rocked up to San Siro the Rossoneri have looked as solid as ever.

The French stopper is now firmly the best goalkeeper in Serie A.

3. Marc-Andre ter Stegen

Marc Andre Ter Stegen
It's been a rough few years for Barcelona but their goalkeeper is still brilliant / Eric Alonso/GettyImages

Razor sharp reflexes, wrists like steel, distribution like Andrea Pirlo and a really cool name. These are just a few of the things that make Marc-Andre ter Stegen one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

Barcelona's rebuild continues but they don't need reinforcements between the sticks, with Ter Stegen taking home the 2022/23 Zamora Trophy.

2. Thibaut Courtois

Thibaut Courtois
Courtois is the best goalie in the world / Alex Livesey - Danehouse/GettyImages

After a shaky opening at Real Madrid, Thibaut Courtois has been in exemplary form to convince any remaining doubters of his ability.

Courtois' long limbs and excellent shot stopping ability have saved Los Blancos on a fair few occasions in recent seasons - including the 2021 Champions League final - and he also scooped the Zamora trophy in 2020.

He's so good that he's still number two on this list despite tearing his ACL.

1. Alisson Becker

Alisson Becker
The best / Visionhaus/GettyImages

When Liverpool spent nearly £70m on Alisson back in 2018, social media was awash with jibes from rival fans questioning the size of the fee. But they're not laughing now.

The Brazilian has proved to be a game-changing upgrade on Loris Karius at Anfield, perfectly straddling the attributes of both a sweeper-keeper and traditional stopper.

He's also played his part in Liverpool becoming Premier League, European and world champions in recent seasons. Worth the money, for sure.