Europe Goalkeeper Rankings

Best Goalkeepers in the World in 2022/23

The game of football has evolved rapidly over the last decade, thereby, raising the standard of what is expected from professional players and coaches.

The game has evolved to a point where carrying out your primary responsibility as a footballer won’t cut it at the highest level. Meanwhile, see some factors we’ll consider below during the 2021/22 season for our ranking of the best goalkeepers in the world.

TOP 18 BEST GOALKEEPERS IN EUROPE 2022/23

For our ranking, we are taking note of the goalkeepers based on the number of teams that make it to Europe from the leagues. The Bundesliga, Premier League, Serie A, and La Liga have 4 slots in Europe so we consider the goalkeepers in the top 4 positions from those leagues.

The French Ligue 1 has two slots. Therefore, we’re considering the top two best goalkeepers in Ligue 1.

  • GCG – Goals conceded per game
  • GC – Goals conceded
  • CS – Clean sheets
  • SF – Shots Faced
  • S – Saves Made
  • SP – Save Percentage

N C GP CS GC S SF SP% GPG
EPL EPL EPL
Alisson Becker Liverpool 36 20 24 75 102 73.5 0.67
Ederson Moraes Man City 37 20 26 57 85 67.1 0.70
Hugo Lloris Tottenham 38 16 40 97 141 68.8 1.05
Edouard Mendy Chelsea 34 14 31 72 107 67.3 0.91
LA LIGA LA LIGA LA LIGA
Yassine Bounou Sevilla 31 13 24 75 100 75.0 0.77
Thibaut Courtois Real Madrid 36 16 29 90 121 74.4 0.81
Gerónimo Rulli Villarreal 32 14 28 73 105 69.5 0.88
Unai Simon Athletic Bilbao 34 12 31 81 112 72.3 0.91
BUND BUND BUND
Manuel Neuer Bayern Munich 28 10 26 63 90 70.0 0.93
Peter Gulasci RB Leipzig 33 9 34 77 110 70.0 1.03
Mark Flekken Freiburg 32 10 39 103 144 71.5 1.22
Robin Zentner Mainz 05 32 10 42 80 124 64.5 1.31
SERIE A SERIE A SERIE A
MIke Maignan AC Milan 32 17 21 81 103 78.6 0.66
David Ospina Napoli 31 13 25 82 107 76.6 0.81
Handanovic Inter Milan 37 15 30 95 126 75.4 0.81
Wojciech Szczesny Juventus 33 12 29 76 106 71.7 0.88
LIGUE 1 LIGUE 1 LIGUE 1
Walter Benitez Nice 37 14 35 106 149 71.1 0.95
Matz Sels Strasbourg 37 13 43 88 132 67.7 1.16

MAJOR FACTS FROM THE 2021/22 SEASON

Goalkeeper With Most Clean Sheets in the 2021/22 season

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker and Manchester City’s Ederson Moraes had the most number of clean sheets from the 2021/22 season across the major leagues in Europe with a whopping 20 to their names respectively.

Goalkeeper with the lowest number of Clean Sheets in the 2021/22 season

The goalkeepers with the lowest number of clean sheets in the 2021/22 season were from the Serie A, namely: Luigi Sepe and Vid Belec of Salernitana as well as Niki Maenpaa of Venezia. They had 1 clean sheet each.

The Goalkeeper that conceded the most goals in the 2021/22 season

The goalkeeper that conceded the most goals in the 2021/22 season was Leeds United’s Illan Meslier. 

The Goalkeeper that conceded the least number of goals in the 2021/22 season

The goalie that conceded the least goals in the 2021/22 season is AC Milan’s Mike Maignan. The French shot-stopper conceded just 21 goals and is closely followed by Sevilla’s Yassine Bounou (24) and Liverpool’s Alisson Becker (24) respectively.

2021/22 – Goalkeeper with the most saves in Europe

The goalkeeper with the highest number of saves in Europe in the 2021/22 season was Granada’s Luís Maximiano


Some factors we’ll consider for our best goalkeepers in the world ranking 2022

Our list of the best goalkeepers in the world has some notable absentees as it is based on season-oriented stats as well as how these goalkeepers have performed for their sides between the sticks. Top goalkeepers like Jan Oblak, Andre Ter Stegen, and Gianluigi Donnarumma, amongst others, are all missing. Maybe, they would make it to the list next season.

Meanwhile, our 2022 ranking for the best goalkeepers in the world covers the top 4 performing goalies from the major leagues in European football. The top performers make the cut and their numbers are there to show why they made it in comparison to those who didn’t.

We’ll be relying on data from some reputable stats sources amongst others.

  • The saves metric seems outdated in recent times
  • Keepers selected from Europe’s top 6 leagues
  • Number of clean sheets
  • Number of Appearances
  • Man of the Match awards
  • Expected quality of chances faced to goals conceded. This is arguably an impossible stat to come by at a comprehensive level but we’ll do what we can.
  • Passing ability; Long-range and short-range and how comfortable they are with possession of the ball.

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A goalkeeper’s primary role is to make saves and prevent the ball from hitting the back of the net, thereby increasing his side’s chances of coming out tops in a game. This was the major concern for managers when they went about, in their bid to sign quality shot-stoppers and also in deciding who is the best goalkeeper in the world.

A significant number of tactical managers have emerged in recent years such as Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Maurizio Sarri, Brendan Rodgers, Thomas Tuchel, and Marcelo Bielsa, amongst others.

These managers boast a well-devised pattern of playing amongst them and they also treat the game as a science. Therefore, the goalkeepers of the team they manage have to do more than just make saves and it has become a thing amongst various clubs in Europe and across the world, and even in international football.

Fans have bought into the philosophy of deciding the best goalkeeper in the world and there is now a need for a piece that addresses the issue of the best goalkeeper in the world ranking in 2022 in this regard.

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In an era where playing out from the back is the new wine of the game, the goalkeeper has become the first initiator of some of the attacks that a team launches.

A goalkeeper who wants to be considered the best goalkeeper in Europe 2022/23 now has to know how to control the ball, play short passes, play accurate long passes, know where to launch a pass, and learn composure even during a press from opposition players amongst others.

Meanwhile, speaking about who is the best goalkeeper in the world in 2021, our ranking considers only the clubs in the top 5 leagues in Europe based on the UEFA Country Coefficients System. 

The Leagues we’ll be considering for our top 18 best keepers in Europe 2022, as well as the best goalkeeper in Champions League 2022, include:

  • The Premier League
  • Spanish La Liga
  • Serie A
  • Bundesliga
  • Ligue 1

We’ve seen various best goalkeepers in the world rankings described as lopsided as the goalkeepers in the small sides are not considered. 

Well, very little can be done about this. It’s a no-brainer that these shot-stoppers in the small sides usually have the highest number of saves and fewer clean sheets due to the quality of opponents they face, especially the newly promoted sides. 

One major highlight was in the 2020/21 Premier League season where West Bromwich Albion’s Sam Johnstone made the most saves with 166, followed by Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale and Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martinez with 147 and 142 respectively. However, the first two were relegated to the Championship with the clubs at the end of the season.

However, a look at the clean sheet stats saw Premier League Champions Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson Moraes come out tops with a whopping 19 to his name. Therefore, the save metrics don’t really count for much when deciding on the best goalkeepers in the world.

Regardless, we’re looking forward to the  2022/23 season to see the goalies that make our list and lead our top 10 best keepers in Europe 2022 ranking as well as the best goalkeepers in the world ranking 2022.