Many goalkeepers had stunning performances with their clubs, putting them under the spotlight in the 21st World Cup edition, being hosted by Russia between 14 June and 15 July.
The following report reviews the most prominent goalkeepers due to play in Russia this summer.
Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
Since Thibaut Courtois moved to Chelsea in the 2011 summer transfer window, he displayed brilliant performance with the Blues. Courtois signed for the English side for €9m coming from Genk. He then moved on loan for three years to Atletico Madrid, where he proved his great capabilities.
Sergio Romero (Argentina)
The goalkeeper of Manchester United and Argentina, Sergio Romero, has the highest record of caps as a goalkeeper of La Albiceleste with more than 90 games since his debut in 2009.
Romero played with Argentina in two World Cup editions and three Copa America competitions. With legendary Lionel Messi in the forward line, few may notice the goalkeeper of the team, but Romero always proves that he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
Jordan Pickford (England)
After the poor performance of West Ham United goalkeeper Joe Hart, it became necessary for England to give the chance to more brilliant and experienced goalkeepers, such as Jordan Pickford, who joined Everton for £25m coming from Sunderland.
Alisson Becker (Brazil)
The Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker will face a tough challenge in the coming World Cup amid the fierce competition on his position in the team. Becker showed a superb performance with AS Roma at the local and European levels, grasping the attention of many major clubs, such as Real Madrid and Liverpool.
Becker’s international debut was in the World Cup qualifier match against Venezuela in 2015. He played 24 games with the Seleção so far.
Marc-André ter Stegen (Germany)
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen deserved his place in the German national team after his stunning performance with the Catalans this season. Ter Stegen significantly contributed to Barcelona’s winning of La Liga title as well as the team’s outstanding performance in European tournaments.