Every year, the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) releases a series of awards, including their stats-driven World’s Best Goalkeeper rankings.
The 2016 edition has been unveiled and Manchester City goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo, is ranked in 4th, largely due to his exploits at FC Barcelona one would think. Bravo has had difficulties adjusting to life in the Premier League, but there are promising signs, with two clean sheets in his past three games.
Bravo was ranked one place above Manchester United shot-stopper David De Gea, and behind Euro 2016 hero Rui Patricio, goalkeeping legend Gianlugi Buffon, and the best goalkeeper in the world, Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer.
Interestingly, the man who replaced Bravo as Barcelona’s first-choice, Marc-André Ter Stegen, finished far below in 13th, with just 1 point. Joe Hart, who Pep Guardiola axed to bring in Bravo, did not make the top 13.
The 2016 IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper rankings in full:
1. Manuel Neuer (Germany/FC Bayern München) (156 points)
2. Gianluigi Buffon (Italy/Juventus Torino FC) (91 points)
3. Rui Patricio (Portugal/Sporting Portugal) (50 points)
4. Claudio Bravo (Chile/FC Barcelona/Manchester City FC) (45 points)
5. David De Gea (Spain/Manchester United FC) (37 points)
6. Jan Oblak (Slovenia/Club Atletico de Madrid) (31 points)
7. Hugo Lloris (France/Tottenham Hotspur FC) (29 points)
8. Keylor Navas (Costa Rica/Real Madrid CF) (18 points)
9. Thibaut Courtois (Belgium/Chelsea FC) (13 points)
10. Denis Onyango (Uganda/Mamelodi Sundowns) (5 points)
11. Petr Cech (Cech Republic/Arsenal London FC) (4 points)
12. Samir Handanovic (Slovenia/FC Inter Milano) (2 points)
13. Marc André Ter Stegen (Germany/FC Barcelona) (1 point)