The FIFA 22 ratings were released yesterday by the team over at EA Sports ahead of the games official release, later this month.
In a topic that always causes controversy, we were eager to see which keepers had caught the eye of the developers at EA.
Therefore, we decided to take a look at the top 7 highest rated goalkeepers in FIFA 22.
7. Ederson – 89 Overall
Coming in at 7th on the list is Manchester City’s goalkeeper, Ederson. Getting his hands on both the Premier League title & Carabao Cup meant that Ederson would go from an 88 rated card, to an 89 in this years game.
6. Thibaut Courtois – 89 Overall
Courtois’ rating stays the same this year after Real Madrid were edged to the title by his former team, Atlético Madrid.
5. Alisson – 89 Overall
Alisson is the only keeper on this list who’s rating went down, going from a 90 rated card to an 89. This will likely be down to Liverpool’s poor title defence in the 2020/21 campaign, which saw them finish some way off the league leaders.
4. Gianluigi Donnarumma – 89 Overall
The 22 year old clearly made an impression this season, with his card going up by a massive 4 ratings! Donnarumma really made his mark at EURO 2020, with a string of exceptional performances in Italy’s road to glory.
3. Marc-André ter Stegen – 90 Overall
In what was a below par season for Barcelona, ter Stegen managed to keep his rating the same and ultimately make the top 3 of this list.
2. Manuel Neuer – 90 Overall
Following another dominant season in German football, Neuer was handed an upgrade in FIFA 22. This makes him one of only three goalkeepers to be honoured with a 90+ rated card.
1. Jan Oblak – 91 Overall
At the top of the list is none other than Jan Oblak. After a title winning season with Atlético, Oblak retains his spot as the best goalkeeper in FIFA for another year.
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Hugo Lloris made it 300 Premier League appearances this weekend, as Tottenham secured 3 points against Wolves in a 1-0 win at Molineux.
He now ranks 18th in the list of goalkeepers with the most Premier League appearances.
We decided to take a look at the goalkeepers that the Frenchman is up against if he wants to make the top 10 list.
10. Ben Foster – 364 Appearances
Ben Foster started his Premier League journey with Watford in 2006, after gaining promotion from the Championship with ‘The Hornets’. The Englishman has also played for Manchester United, Birmingham & West Brom in England’s top flight. He has since, returned to where it all started, with Watford who he will play for in the 2021/22 season.
9. Nigel Martyn – 372 Appearances
England international, Nigel Martyn played his first Premier League match in 1992 for Crystal Palace. He would then spend 6 years at Leeds before making his final move to Merseyside in 2003. Martyn enjoyed 3 more years of football for Everton, and would go on to retire on July the 1st of 2006.
8. Paul Robinson – 375 Appearances
In a career that spanned over 20 years, it is no surprise that Paul Robinson makes the list. Like Lloris, Robinson maybe enjoyed his best moments at Spurs, where he spent a large portion of his career. Leeds, Blackburn & Burnley are amongst the other clubs that he played for. Robinson ended his professional career at Lancashire club, Burnley in 2017.
7. Tim Howard – 399 Appearances
The American shot stopper made his move across the pond, from the MLS to Manchester United in 2003. Howard made over 50 Premier League appearances for the English giants, and was eventually picked up by Everton. He will most likely be remembered for the 10 years he spent with ‘The Toffees’ where he became a real icon for the club.
6. Jussi Jääskeläinen – 436 Appearances
Over 350 of Jääskeläinen’s appearances in the top flight came at Bolton where he spent the majority of his career. The Finnish goalkeeper was just 22 when he made the decision to leave his home nation, to play in the Premier League. He played his last game in the competition during a shorter spell at West Ham in 2015.
5. Petr Cech – 443 Appearances
When talking about goalkeeping legends in the Premier League, Petr Cech will undoubtedly be one of the first names that springs to mind. The 39 year old is also the most decorated on this top 10 list, winning the English title on 4 separate occasions. Playing for both Chelsea & Arsenal in the Premier division, Big Pete will be remembered as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.
4. Brad Friedel – 450 Appearances
The second American on the list is none other than Brad Friedel. Over the course of his 450 appearances, Friedel got to play for some of the most historic clubs in the English game. He started off at Liverpool in 1997, followed by Blackburn and then Aston Villa. It was in 2011 when Friedel set out on his last voyage in professional football for Tottenham, where he would later retire in 2015.
3. Shay Given – 451 Appearances
The Irishman achieved legendary status for both his club, and in the Premier league with a career that lasted over 20 years. As well as making over 450 appearances for ‘The Magpies’, Given was also part of the Blackburn Rovers squad that won the Premiership in 1995. His last outing in the competition would be in 2016 for Stoke City.
2. Mark Schwarzer – 514 Appearances
Whilst Schwarzer spent the majority of his playing career at Middlesbrough, he also boasts the likes of Fulham & Chelsea in his portfolio of clubs. His record in England makes him one of only 2 goalkeepers that have made more than 500 Premier League appearances. He was also part of the infamous Leicester City squad that won the league title in 2016.
1. David James – 572 Appearances
Topping the list is goalkeeping legend, David James. With over 180 league appearances for Liverpool, 100+ for Portsmouth, 80+ for Manchester City, 60+ for Aston Villa & 60+ for West Ham, the Englishman takes the crown.
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Reusch currently have over 220 goalkeepers in top divisions wearing their brand.
We decided to take a look at some of the other top goalkeepers, who trust in the glove manufacturing of Reusch.
One of the most notable keepers to wear the brand is none other than Hugo Lloris. The 34 year old who currently plays for Tottenham Hotspur is regarded as one of the greats in the goalkeeping world. With over 100 caps for France and a World Cup to his name, it is easy to see why.
Unai Simón who is only 24, is the first choice stopper for Athletic Bilbao in La Liga. He also recently impressed on the international stage, helping Spain to reach the semi-finals of the European Championships.
Brought in to succeed Gianluigi Buffon at Juventus, Szczęsny has so far enjoyed his time at the club. The Poland number one has won 3 Serie A titles, 2 Italian Cups & 2 Italian Super Cups with the European giants.
Gollini’s recent performances for Atalanta in the Serie A, secured him a loan move to Tottenham Hotspur in the current window. This will be his 3rd experience of English football, after playing in the Manchester United youth setup and later on for Aston Villa.
With the 2021 Summer transfer window in full flow, many goalkeepers have already made moves in this window.
Tom Heaton has signed for Manchester United, Mat Ryan for Real Sociedad & Donnarumma is expected to complete his move to PSG in the coming days.
Below, we took a look at the most expensive goalkeepers of all time!
5. Gianluigi Buffon – £32.6m
It was in 2001 when Buffon made his record breaking move from Parma to Juventus. The legendary goalkeeper was only 23 when he first signed for the Italian giants, and the rest is history. Buffon has now gone full circle, after finalising the deal which would see him return to boyhood club, Parma.
4. Ederson – £34.7m
Ederson became the most expensive goalkeeper in the world in 2017, signing for Manchester City from Benfica. 4 years down the line and the Brazilian has now established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in world football.
3. Thibaut Courtois – £35m
Real Madrid snapped Courtois up in 2018 after a number of good years at London based club, Chelsea. The Belgian had his heart set on a move to Los Blancos and wanted to be closer to his family. During his time at the club he has so far won La Liga, the Spanish Super Cup & the Club World Cup.
2. Alisson – £65m
Liverpool smashed the record in 2018 to capture Alisson’s signature from Roma. Jürgen Klopp was eager to strengthen the goalkeeper position after a disappointing end to their Champions League campaign in the previous season. This record was short lived though, as Premier League rivals, Chelsea soon broke it again.
1. Kepa Arrizabalaga – £71m
In 2018 Kepa Arrizabalaga gained the title of the most expensive goalkeeper of all time. The Spaniard made his move to Chelsea from La Liga side, Athletic Bilbao. The £71 million fee, remains the highest that has ever been paid for a goalkeeper to this day.
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The EURO 2020 group stages have officially come to a close, after an entertaining evening of football concluded the preliminary round.
With the knockout stages looming, we took a look at some of the best performing goalkeepers so far in the tournament.
Clean Sheets: 3
Goals Conceded: 0
After not conceding a goal over the 3 matches, Donnarumma simply has to make the list. Whilst the Italian goalkeeper remained relatively untroubled over the course of the the group stages, he contributed to what was an excellent start to the competition for Mancini’s side.
Clean Sheets: 1
Goals Conceded: 2
Wales managed to secure 2nd place in Group A despite the odds being against them. The Leicester number 2 has stood out as one of his teams best performers so far, making a number of good saves across the opening matches.
Clean Sheets: 3
Goals Conceded: 0
Like Donnarumma, Pickford is the only other goalkeeper not to concede a goal in the EURO 2020 group stages. So for that reason alone, the Everton goalkeeper makes the list.
Clean Sheets: 2
Goals Conceded: 2
Robin Olsen played a key role in Sweden’s unbeaten progression to the knockout stages of the competition. His highlight so far will likely be his excellent performance to shut out 3 time champions, Spain.
Clean Sheets: 2
Goals Conceded: 1
Along with Italy & the Netherlands, Courtois’ side were the only other nation to achieve 9 points from 9. The Real Madrid shot stopper will be hoping to continue his fine form and get his hands on Belgium’s first European title.