Goalkeeping is an art that keeps evolving with the game. Today, a goalkeeper is expected to be able to play with his feet almost as well as his hands. The importance of sweeper has increased, with teams maintaining high lines in order to attack more and get their forwards up the pitch. The past three winners of the Golden Glove include names like Buffon in 2006, Casillas in 2010 and Neuer in 2014. There are many fantastic keepers representing their national teams in Russia, and here are the top contenders for the Golden Glove.
- David de Gea – He is the winner of the Premiere league Golden Glove and is the first player in the history of Manchester United to claim the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year for consecutive three seasons. De Gea is renowned for his agility, reflexes and shot-stopping abilities. Many are of the opinion that he may just be the best keeper in the world. The betting odds are set at 9/2 for the Spaniard to claim the award.
- Hugo Lloris – the captain of France, Lloris has a fantastic team in front of him and his team knows that they have world class keeper Lloris. The Tottenham Hotspur man has proved to be one of the best keepers in the premier league over a number of seasons, and has a solid French back-line in front of him in Russia, comprising Rafael Varane and Samuel Umtiti. Betting odds on the French captain claiming the award are set at 13/2.
- Manuel Neuer – The only keeper who provides a valid argument for de Gea not being the best goalkeeper in the world, Manuel Neuer has cemented himself as one of the most reliable in the business. He claimed this award in the last World Cup as well, and with Germany considered strong favorites again, he could just go on to win it again. Betting odds are set at 5/1.
- Thibaut Courtois – Chelsea’s man between the sticks has been a consistent performer for the Blues over the past few seasons, easily considered the best keeper in Belgium. Roberto Martinez’s lack of attention towards defense could hurt Courtois’s chances of claiming the award, but he is one who should not be underestimated. Betting odds are set at 8/1 for the Belgian to claim the award.
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