The position of goalkeeper is unique in football, but also one of the most important. Let's see which are the top 5 in Latin America at the moment.
We present the list of the 5 best Latin American goalkeepers. / Photo: Reuters
LatinAmerican Post | Ariel Cipolla
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A goalkeeper has an absolutely relevant mission within a football match: to prevent opposing players from converting the goals. Therefore, a large part of the responsibility for the result rests with it. If they have an error, the most certain thing is that it ends in a point for the rival team, unlike what happens in other positions.
A good goalkeeper must have great confidence to transmit to the rest of his teammates, but also the necessary technique to appear at the key moments of the match. According to BeSoccer media, it is also necessary to “know how to act without thinking about the possible consequences”, since it is a position of pure reflexes.
In this way, we decided to make a top of the 5 best goalkeepers of the moment in Latin America, taking into account the performances they are having in their respective clubs, analyzing how decisive they have been throughout the season.
5. Wuilker Faríñez
Wuilker Faríñez is a Venezuelan soccer player, who currently plays for the Millonarios of the Colombian Eagle League. He is 22 years old, being one of the most promising goalkeepers in the world, which led him to establish himself in the position of his national team, in addition to being one of the undisputed starters of his team.
With amazing reflexes, his low height for the position he occupies ( 1.82 meters) is not a problem, but quite the opposite: it allows him to have impressive jumps, with authentic "feline reflexes" combined with confidence unusual for his young age.
4. Franco Armani
Franco Armani is a 33-year-old Argentine goalkeeper, who currently wears the colors of River Plate. After a fruitful phase with Atlético Nacional, where he achieved idolatry due to the amazing performance he had (and that allowed him to win the 2016 Copa Libertadores) he went to the team led by Marcelo Gallardo, where he also managed to get the same Cup in 2018 and won in the final to his eternal rival, Boca Juniors, by 3 goals against 1.
His completely outstanding performances throughout the contest allowed him to participate in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he started as a substitute but then won the starter position. His main virtues? His inspiring confidence in key plays, being a real support for the team.
3. Ederson Moraes
Ederson Moraes is a Brazilian soccer player who occupies the position of goalkeeper in Manchester City, led by Pep Guardiola. With 24 years, he has a really promising career, but also good performances within the English team, which catapulted him as one of the best in his position.
In spite of his great yields, he did not know how to gain the position in the selection of his country, due to the competition of Alisson. However, there is a great variety of virtues in this player, who stands out for his different saving moves to the ball in which stretching is essential.
2. Esteban Andrada
Esteban Andrada is a 29-year-old Argentine goalkeeper currently in Boca Juniors. After relatively successful steps in some teams in his country (Arsenal de Sarandí and Lanús), he had a transfer in July 2018 to the xeneize club. According to the TyC Sports media, the operation was quoted at 5.5 million dollars, which were added from the transfer of Guillermo Sara to Lanús.
Basically, his performances allowed Boca to fight at almost all fronts during the following seasons. One of the main virtues of this goalkeeper is the ability he has to reach the poles, thanks to stretches that are a true work of art.
1. Alisson Becker
Alisson Becker is a 27-year-old Brazilian soccer player who is part of the Liverpool England squad, current UEFA Champions League champion . Considered by many to be the best goalkeeper in the world, he won the "Best FIFA Goalkeeper" award of 2019. His immense performances were also given in his selection, which won him the 2019 Copa América that they played locally.
According to what Transfermarkt mentions, his current price is 90 million euros, a really high figure for a goalkeeper. He is a complete goalkeeper, with a height of 1.91 meters, which allows him to have an imposing presence, that he knows how to combine perfectly with great confidence and precise hand movements.