The 2018 World Cup will feature several highly ranked goalkeepers, but who among them has the best chance of winning this year’s Golden Glove?
Manuel Neuer is an unique sweeper keeper who uses his exceptional footwork to fly out of the penalty area and is unafraid of losing the ball even in a World Cup final.
The FC Bayern star would normally be at the top of everyone’s list, but he first needs to overcome another injury. After suffering his third foot fracture last year, the German captain missed almost all of the 2017-18 season. This week, Manu was finally cleared to train outside, so he will probably get his shot at keeping the Golden Glove, which would be a first in World Cup history. But can he play at his best?
If Neuer isn’t 100-percent fit, the Spaniard David de Gea could become the number one goalkeeper at 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.
Having played handball during his teenage years, De Gea is known for thwarting one-on-one chances with his superior agility. Since joining Manchester United in 2011, he has been consistently sharp. The 2017-18 season is his most successful yet, keeping 15 clean sheets in 34 games. During a 3-1 win over Arsenal last December, de Gea equaled the Premier League record for the highest number of saves in a single game (14), which won him the Man of the Match award. This summer in Russia, he is looking for more.