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7. DAVID DE GEA (Net Worth US$ 49 Million)
David de Gea Quintana is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for English club Manchester United and the Spain national team. He has been hailed as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. He signed for Manchester United from Atletico Madrid for 17.5 Million pounds, a then club record for a goalkeeper joining an English team. Sir Alex Ferguson brought a gem into United, a fact well highlighted when Real Madrid was desperate to signing him as Iker Casillas replacement back in 2013. He refused and went on to become the goalkeeper with the best contract in the world at Manchester. David De Gea’s annual salary is 10.4 Million.
6. MANUEL NEUER (Net Worth 45 Million)
Manuel Peter Neuer is a German professional footballer who plays for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the Germany national team. He is a goalkeeper and serves as captain for Bayern Munich and captain of Germany. Neuer has been described as a “sweeper-keeper” because of his unique playing style and speed when rushing off his line to anticipate opponents; he is also known for his quick reflexes, excellent shot-stopping abilities, strength, long throwing range, command of his area and accurate control and distribution of the ball. Annual salary is 7.6 Million.
5. IKER CASILLAS (Net Worth 40 Million)
Iker Casillas Fernández is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club Porto and the Spain national team as a goalkeeper. Having won the IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper Award for a record five consecutive years, Casillas is considered as one of the greatest and most successful goalkeepers of all time, placing second behind Gianluigi Buffon in both the IFFHS Best Goalkeeper of the past decade and quarter-century awards in 2010. Nicknamed “San Iker” for his ability to produce spectacular saves, he is an athletic goalkeeper, known for his quick reactions and outstanding shot-stopping ability. Casillas was nominated for the European Footballer of the Year award in 2008, ranking fourth overall. At the end of 2012, he was voted into the UEFA Team of the Year for a record sixth consecutive time; he also holds the record for most appearances by a goalkeeper in the FIFPro World XI. His annual salary is 7.5 Million.
4. HUGO LLORIS (Net Worth 30 Million)
Hugo Lloris is a French professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper and is the captain of both English club Tottenham Hotspur and the France national team. Lloris is described as a goalkeeper who “boasts lightning reflexes and good decision-making” and is “a formidable opponent in one-on-one situations”. Lloris also “commands his box well”. He is a three-time winner of the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year award. Lloris began his career with hometown club OGC Nice. He made his debut as a teenager in October 2005 and started in goal during the team’s run to the 2006 Coupe de la Ligue Final. Annual salary 4.56 Million.
3. PETR CECH (Net Worth 22 Million)
Petr Čech is a Czech professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Arsenal. He is the former captain for the Czech Republic national team. Čech has previously played for Chmel Blšany, Sparta Prague, Rennes and Chelsea. He is the most capped player in the history of the Czech national team with 124 caps, and represented the country at the 2006 World Cup, as well as the 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 European Championships. He was voted into the Euro 2004 all-star team after helping the Czechs reach the semi-finals. Čech also received the individual award of Best Goalkeeper in the 2004–05, 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons of the UEFA Champions League. In addition, he was named in the FIFPro and UEFA Champions League team of the season in 2006. He is considered to be one of the greatest and most respected goalkeepers of his generation. Annual salary is 5.2 Million.
2. GIANLUIGI BUFFON (Net Worth 20 Million)
Gianluigi “Gigi” Buffon is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper. He captains both Serie A club Juventus and the Italy national team. He is widely regarded by players, pundits and managers to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and, by some, to be the greatest ever. Buffon is one of only eighteen players to have made at least 1,000 professional career appearances; with 169 international caps, Buffon is also the most capped player in the history of the Italian national team, the fifth-most capped male international footballer of all time, and the most capped European international player ever. Buffon is known for his “outstanding shot-stopping” and for being “a vocal organizer of the defence and a key dressing room personality”. He is currently the most expensive goalkeeper in history, following his €52 million transfer from Parma to Juventus in 2001. His annual salary is 4 Million.
1. THIBAUT COURTOIS (Net Worth 19.8 Million)
Thibaut Nicolas Marc Courtois is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Chelsea and the Belgium national team. In July 2011 he joined Chelsea for a reported £8 million, and was immediately loaned to Atlético Madrid. In three seasons there, he won the Europa League in 2012, the Copa del Rey in 2013 and the La Liga title in 2014. He also won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy for best goalkeeper in La Liga, for his performances in his two latter seasons. Courtois returned to Chelsea in July 2014, and in his first season he helped them win the League Cup and the Premier League title.
Courtois made his senior international debut in October 2011, becoming the youngest goalkeeper to represent Belgium. He has since earned over 40 caps and appeared at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016. His annual salary is 4.3 Million.