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Top Five Highest Paid Goalkeepers In The World In 2021

Football’s goalkeepers’ salaries pale into insignificance compared to what outfield players make. Such, is attributed to their role being underrated with a team’s success being credited to attacking players. Despite that, some of world’s best goalkeepers are handsomely paid and the rest are not far behind. Majority of the highest paid goalkeepers ply their trade in the English premier league as seen in this list.

1. David de Gea: £375,000

Full Name: David De Gea Quintana

Born: 7 November 1990 (age 31 years).

Country: Spain

Current teams: Manchester United F.C.

Marital Status: Married

Awards: FIFA FIFPro World XI, Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year, Manchester United Players’ Player of the Year: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2017–18.

Man Utd gloveman David De Gea is the richest soccer goalkeeper in the world. He is also the highest-paid keeper at this moment. He has been the lone saviour for the Red Devils from 2013 to 2018. The Spaniard didn’t have a good WC experience in Russia but he is still one of the best keepers on the planet. He won the EPL Golden Glove award for keeping 18 clean sheets in the 2017-18 season.

2. Jan Oblak: £271,000

Full Name: Jan Oblak

Born: January 7, 1993

Country: Slovenia

Current teams: Atletico Madrid

Marital Status: Married

Awards: Primeira Liga Best Goalkeeper: 2013–14, La Liga Zamora Trophy: 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18,2018–19, La Liga Best Goalkeeper: 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, Slovenian Footballer of the Year: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, Slovenian Youth Footballer of the Year: 2012, 2013, The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper: 2020 (3rd place), IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper of the Decade: 2011–2020 (6th place)

Oblak became Laliga’s most expensive goalkeeper when he signed with Atletico Madrid for 16 million euros. Since then, he has built a reputation as a shot-stopper and was able to keep 100 clean sheets in his first 182 matches, the firstLaligakeeper to achieve such.

3. Manuel Neuer: £259,000

Full Name: Manuel Peter Neuer

Born: 27 March 1986

Country: Germany

Current teams: Bayern Munich

Marital Status: Married

Awards: Silbernes Lorbeerblatt: 2010,2014, Footballer of the Year (Germany): 2011, 2014, German national Player of the Year: 2020, IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper: 2013, 2014, 2015,2016, 2020, IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper of the Decade: 2011–2020, Best European Goalkeeper: 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2020, IFFHS World’s Best Man Player of the Decade 2011–2020: (6th place), IFFHS UEFA Best Man Player of the Decade 2011–2020: (3rd place), UEFA Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season: 2019–20, UEFA Men’s Player of the Year: 2013–14 (2nd place), 2019–20 (3rd place), FIFA Ballon d’Or: 2014 (3rd place), The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper: 2020, FIFA World Cup Golden Glove: 2014

Bayern Munich signed Neuer from Schalke after his heroic performance in Bundesliga. The Germany 2014 World Cup winner is the most Acrobatic athlete ever. Neuer completely Redefines Goalkeeping by staying at the Half line of the Pitch bravely during the Counter-attacking moments. With Exceptional Reflexes and World Class saves Neuer is one of the best goalkeepers in the world currently.

Thibaut Courtois: £230,000

Full Name: Thibaut Nicolas Marc Courtois

Born: 11 May 1992

Country: Belgium

Current teams: Real Madrid

Marital Status: Married

Awards: Belgian Professional Goalkeeper of the Year, Belgian Bronze Shoe, La Liga Goalkeeper of the Season: 2012–13, La Liga Player of the Month: January 2020, Best Belgian Player Abroad: 2013,2014, London Football Awards Goalkeeper of the Year: 2015, Belgian Sportsman of the year: 2014, Premier League Golden Glove: 2016–17, FIFA World Cup Golden Glove: 2018, The Best FIFA Goalkeeper: 2018, IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper: 2018; runner-up: 2014, IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper of the Decade (2011–2020): 3rd place

It almost seems funny to recall that Thibault Courtois looked a little out of his depth after joining Real Madrid in 2019. The Belgian got over his bumpy start and has reaffirmed his status as one of the most feared stoppers in world football, helping the side to La Liga glory last season and playing a big role in this year's title charge. The Belgian boasts the second-best save percentage in La Liga, stopping 76.6% of the attempts he’s faced, and conceded just 24 goals in 34 matches, the third best in the division. Like the aforementioned Mendy, Courtois was sensational in the second-leg of the Champions League semi-final between Madrid and Chelsea. Without the four or five incredible saves, the game would have been dead and buried by half time. Those are the moments that set the vert best goalkeepers apart and Courtois proved he belongs to that group. At just 28, he is only just hitting him prime as a goalkeeper and may actually be improving too.

5. Keylor Navas: £210,000

Full Name: Keilor Antonio Navas Gamboa

Born: 15 December 1986

Country: Costa Rica

Current teams: Paris Saint-German

Marital Status: Married

Awards: UNCAF Nations Cup runner-up: 2009, 2011, CONCACAF Gold Cup Best Goalkeeper: 2009, La Liga Player of the Month: March 2014, LFP Awards Best Goalkeeper: 2013–14, UNFP Player of the Month: March 2021, CONCACAF Men’s Player of the Year: 2014, 2017, CONCACAF Men’s Goalkeeper of the Year: 2016, 2017, 2018, Facebook FA La Liga Best Goalkeeper: 2016

For better or worse, it always feels like Keylor Navas doesn’t get the plaudits he deserves. Despite being part of the Real Madrid side that won three consecutive Champions League titles between 2016 and 2018, the Costa Rican hero has always had to make extra effort to make himself heard. Now 35, Navas is guarding the net for PSG and with 32 clean sheets in 58 appearances in all competitions, he’s the best goalkeeper in the French topflight.

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