Keeping goal can be a thankless task sometimes: the men between the sticks rarely get any credit for catching a dangerous cross or snuffing out a goal scoring opportunity with a well-timed run off their line. In order to really hit the headlines, they either have to drop a clanger, or pull off a stunning finger-tip save.
Now that Joe Hart has hit the road, we haven’t seen too many clangers in the Premier League this season, although thanks to the wonders of the internet, you can keep track of his gaffes over in Serie A. When it comes to incredible saves, however, we’ve been served up a treat – and here are the videos to prove it.
Victor Valdes vs Pedro
Valdes has endured a difficult time of things since he left the Nou Camp, but this finger-tip save to deny his former Barca teammate shows he’s still one of the best around.
Jordan Pickford vs Curtis Davies
David Moyes doesn’t get much right these days, but his decision to show faith in rookie goalkeeper Pickford has paid dividends – and this save against Hull over the weekend is arguably his best yet.
David de Gea vs Coutinho
When Coutinho cuts in on his left foot and aims one for the far corner, you can pretty much guarantee the net will ripple – unless, of course, it’s Manchester United’s No.1 manning the sticks.
David de Gea vs Emre Can
This really wasn’t Liverpool’s day, was it? An in-form de Gea pulled off yet another heroic save when he kept out Can’s low drive, despite it coming through a crowd of bodies.
Tom Heaton vs Ibrahimovic
Tom Heaton has spoken about facing the wrath of Fergie when he broke the news that he’d be leaving Old Trafford – and this incredible point-blank stop to deny Zlatan a late winner shows us why they were desperate to keep him.
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So let's start with the obvious: the guy who manned the sticks for Brazil's legendary 1960s side. Gilmar makes Joe Hart look like Massimo Taibi.
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150 career goals is pretty impressive whichever way you spin it, but when you're a centre-back it's kind of ridiculous. Also: that beard though.
He's big, he's mean-looking, he won over 100 caps for Brazil, and he always sleeps with the light on. One of statements those is made up.
You know a player is a bit special when they are given set piece duties in a team that includes Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo and David Beckham.
These days, El Cholo earns his crust by barking orders at his Atletico team from his technical area - but at his peak he was one of the world's best ball-winning midfielders.
The tail-end of Ronnie's career was less known for great goals than it was for partying - but that just makes us love him more.
Could Maradona really put in a shift way back in central midfield? Let me ask you this: who gives a shit?
Messi sits at the top of our diamond - and we think he'll do well as long as we don't find ourselves playing on a cold rainy night at the Brittannia.
Some may call him Fat Ronaldo, but for many of us he'll always be 'El Fenomeno'. Sorry, Cristiano.
Well, what did you expect? Pele is the probably game's greatest ever player (although, like Messi, never did the business at Stoke).