It’s early in the European season, but it’s time to look at our World Goalkeeper Ratings. Iker Casillas hasn’t been seen since his astonishing display in the World Cup final and retains his spot at the top of the rankings. Young as the season might be, it has been time enough for his compatriot, Pepe Reina to fall a couple of places. Obviously his moment of madness against Arsenal grabbed the headlines, but it was more the unconvincing display against Man City that sealed the drop. Shay Given also suffers. Although Buffon and Casillas get reprieves for their inactivity, the fact the Given’s comes mainly from losing in the battle to be the Citizens’ first choice doesn’t reflect well on him. An escape route is required urgently.
Edwin Van Sar moves up a couple of places. He was underused against Newcastle, but really showed his class with an excellent double save against Fulham. This season will see him turn 40, but if he continues the same level of form for the season, Sir Alex would be well advised to dissuade his number 1 from hanging up the glove as is expected at the end of this campaign. Joe Hart makes his first appearance on the list. He has made an excellent start to the season and although he hasn’t been a top class performer for anything like the duration of most of the other goalkeepers on the list, but on the back of a good season at Birmingham, he can now be considered top class.
Current ranking (Former ranking)
1. (1) Iker Casillas (Real Madrid and Spain)
2. (4) Gigi Buffon (Juventus and Italy)
3. (6) Edwin Van Der Sar (Man Utd)
4. (2) Pepe Reina (Liverpool and Spain)
5. (3) Shay Given (Man City and Ireland)
6. (5) Hugo Lloris (Lyon and France)
7. (8) Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow and Russia)
8. (9) Petr Cech (Chelsea and Czech Rep.)
9. (10) Victor Valdes (Barcelona and Spain)
10. (=) Joe Hart (Man City and England)