The best goalkeepers in the world in football: Lev Yashin, Gianluigi Buffon, Iker Casillas, Oliver Kahn
Football is the game of millions and, of course, the number 1 sport in the whole world. Hundreds of thousands of people in a single impulse are ready to almost deify their idols after a breathtaking victory and to sincerely cry, experiencing setbacks. Ten men of the same team are ready to play ingenious combinations for ninety minutes in order to score the winning goal and break the ovation, however, it even more depends on whose hands and feet are at the last turn and protect their gates.
No matter what they say, the goalkeeper's players are not in favor of football fortune. More precisely, the reason is not even in luck, but in the fact that the meaning of the most popular game on the planet is to score goals. Accordingly, those who did it a lot and beautifully, more often than others and received the main individual award in football - the Golden Ball.This is the logic.
Of course, if in the entire history of the award (awarded since 1956), the goalkeeper was given the highest personal award only once, but the more honorable it was that the Soviet goalkeeper, Yashin Lev Ivanovich, received it.
As for the sympathies of ordinary fans, here everything looks a little different. Yes, the spectators at the stadiums of the whole world are waiting for the desired goal, they are ready to spend hours singing songs in honor of their favorites, and they are literally carrying the best scorers. However, the usual goalkeepers in the world for their saves are ordinary fans who love nothing less than attack players.
Modern sports journalists as a form of presentation of the material and analysts are increasingly preferring various infographics, ratings, etc. There is also a mass of similar tops among the best goalkeepers of the world, however all of them carry the informal status. We, in turn, will talk not just about world stars, but about cult personalities who have played an important role in the development of football in our country.
The current first number of Juventus will very soon be forty years old - a mark to which only a few reach professional football in the status of an active player.Buffon is a real symbol of the team from Turin, with it he always remained in grief.
As part of Juventus, Gianluigi Buffon was back in 2001, and since then has won the Italian Championship ten times with the team. In addition, in Turin, Gigi triumphed three times in the national cup and five more times in the Super Bowl of the country. The only unconquered peak and part-time main champion for Buffon remains the Champion League. Gianluigi played three times in the final of the most prestigious European tournament, but all three times his fate left him a step away from the goal. Well, at least one more attempt he has - the goalkeeper has a valid contract with Juventus until the summer of 2018.
Motor German car
Quite often in the press can be found, as the German national football team is called the "German machine". Such a nickname was received by Bundestim for perseverance and power with which the team methodically “rolls out” of their opponent, seeking in the end his unconditional surrender. However, the German national team owes this name not only to a class attack, but also to a confident defense game, which Oliver Kahn led over the years for many years.
Interestingly, the Munich "Bavaria" was often called the same nickname, the colors of which the great Ollie defended from 1994 to 2008. And if Bavaria is a merciless German car, then Oliver Kahn is, of course, her heart. Even taking into account the fact that at various times such personalities as Stefan Effenberg, Michael Ballack and Mario Basler appeared as part of the Munich giants, the unconditional “leader of the pack” on the field and in the locker room remained the first number of the Munich team.
For 21 years in the Bundesliga, Kahn spent 780 fights and missed 561 goals in them - a track record that the best goalkeepers in the world of our time could envy. Interestingly, Oliver, as a mature brandy, over the years only became better. The results of his last years in Bavaria are impressive at all - in one of the strongest national championships of the Old World, the Iron Olli, located at the turn of the fortieth anniversary, managed to miss only a few goals in a season.
Real Madrid never hesitated to beat transfer records when it came to world stars. The club bought and sold players by sums that many times exceeded the budget of most La Liga teams, perhaps, of Europe as a whole. Some stars come to teams, others leave.It seems that this process has long been put on the conveyor. However, the Madrid club had and has its own students, who have grown to the level of “Galaktikos”. That only are the names of Raul Gonzalez and Iker Casillas.
The Spanish goalkeeper has been in the Real system since the age of nine, and at the age of 18 he was already entering the field in the Champions League match. In the Madrid Grande Iker replaced another cool Spanish goalkeeper, Santiago Canizares, and at the beginning of the two thousandth he did the same with the goalkeeper now Valencia and in the national team.
Currently, the 36-year-old veteran spends his last seasons in big-time sports, but it’s no less convincing than at the beginning of his career. For 17 years in the "Galaktikos" star goalkeeper spent 725 fights for the Spanish national team - 167 matches.
Since 1998, Iker Casillas managed to collect a huge collection of team and individual trophies, about which you can write a separate material. We only say that the Spanish goalkeeper is a five-time winner of the Spanish Championship, a three-time winner of the Champions League, as well as a world and European champion in the national team.
The goalkeeper and legend of Dynamo Moscow spent his entire football career at the same club. It should be noted that Yashin Lev Ivanovich finished at the age of 42 - the age to which the units of professional footballers finished playing in the entire history of this sport.
“Black Spider”, as the goalkeeper called the fans, is a real innovator in Soviet football. It was he who became the first in the All-Union Championship to master the game in the entire penalty area and began to knock the ball in dangerous situations, rather than trying to fix it, as the goalkeeper school of those times taught.
As part of Dynamo, Lev Ivanovich became the champion of the USSR five times and won the Cup three times. At the age of 34, he played for the World Team and in that match left his goal intact. In the same year, Lev Yashin was awarded the main individual award in football - the Golden Ball.
The best goalkeepers of modern football
As for the modern generation of goalkeepers, can it claim to be the main rewards and pass on something new to the next generation? Of course, modern football boasts a strong goalkeeper school.
First of all, we are talking about the first number of Bayern Munich and the German team Manuel Neuer. At 31, he had already surpassed the great Olli in terms of trophies.Manuel may not yet have Kahn's charisma, but in this regard, he has also made a huge step forward in recent years.
Another contender for the "best goalkeepers in the world" category is English goalkeeper Joe Hart. For six years, the first issue of Manchester City and the England team was considered the best in Foggy Albion, but fell out of favor with Josep Guardiola, who led the Blue Moon in the summer of 2016. As a result, the talented goalkeeper spent the season in the lease as part of the middle peaks of Serie A - Torino, and his future in Manchester City is still in question. However, as time has shown, the Josep bet on the Chilean Claudio Bravo has not justified itself.