UEFA Champions League 2015-16 brought us many exciting and amazing performances. We saw it all, from long-range screamers to fantastic saves. We got to see some of the best goalkeepers in the world. Here are some of the top goalkeepers of UEFA Champions League 2015-16. We have ranked them according to the clean sheets they achieved in the tournament.
Keylor Navas – 1st
Keylor Antonio Navas Gamboa, born December 15, 1986, hails from Costa Rica. Keylor Navas is a professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper. Currently, he is with the Spanish giants Real Madrid and also plays for the Costa Rican national team. Real Madrid won the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League, and Navas was a regular player in the starting eleven. He was able to maintain clean sheets in his first 8 appearances, 6 of which belong to UEFA Champions League 2015-16 Season. This was a new record for Real Madrid. Keylor Navas kept 9 clean sheets during the tournament. He conceded only 3 goals in 11 appearances, and was the most consistent goal keeper of the campaign. He also took Edwin van der Sar’s 2nd postion for most clean sheets in the all-time list, behind only Jens Lehmann.
Jan Oblak – 2nd
Jan Oblak, born 7 January 1993, is a promising Slovenian footballer. He plays as a goalkeeper, for Spanish Liga BBVA club Atlético Madrid and the Slovenian national team. On 17 March 2015, he made his UEFA Champions League debut. Oblak replaced the injured, starting goal keeper Moyà in the first half of the round of 16, 2nd leg played against the German club Bayer Leverkusen. He was able to keep a clean sheet in a 1-0 home victory, while the game went to a penalty shootout. He saved Leverkusen’s first penalty attempt, which ultimately led to Atlético Madrid’s victory. He showed his class by putting in amazing efforts throughout the campaign. On 3rd May 2016, He helped his team qualify for the Final, where he saved Thomas Müller’s penalty in the second leg of the semi-final, played in Allianz Arena. He was able to keep 7 clean sheets in the UEFA Champions League 2015-16.
Kevin Trapp – 3rd
Kevin Trapp, born 8 July 1990, is a professional German goalkeeper for French Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain. Kevin Trapp signed a 5-year contract with French champions, Paris Saint-Germain on 8 July 2015. Wearing the number 16 on his back, Kevin replaced Salvatore Sirigu as PSG’s first choice goalkeeper in Ligue 1 and UEFA Champions League 2015-16. Meanwhile, Salvatore Sirigu helped PSG win a domestic quadruple, as he protected the goal in the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue matches. Kevin Trapp showed amazing skills and resilience in the UEFA Champions League 2015-16 and accumulated 5 clean-sheets.
Manuel Neuer – 4th
Manuel Peter Neuer, born 27 March 1986, is a German professional footballer. He is the vice-captain of FC Bayern Munich and captain of the German national
team. He is also known as the “sweeper-keeper” because of his
exceptional playing style, speed andagility. Nuer is often seen rushing off his line while anticipating opponent’s moves and clearing the danger. He can be intimidating to opposing attackers at times because of his large figure,quick reflexes, tremendous shot-stopping abilities, control of his area and accurate distribution of the ball. He has now won the IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper award for three years in a row. Neuer is regarded as one of the best. Many claim he is the most complete goalkeeper of all time. In 2014, Neuer finished third in the race for FIFA Ballon d’Or award behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. In UEFA Champions League2015-16, his team reached the semi-finals. He produced some mind-blowing saves throughout the campaign and accumulated 4 clean sheets.
Jeroen Zoet – 5th
Jeroen Zoet, born 6 January 1991, is a Dutch professional footballer who presently plays for PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch league Eredivisie. He made his first appearance for Netherlands national team on October 2015, when he came as a substitute for the injured Tim Krul. In November 2015, despite shown interest by Crystal Palace, he extended his contract with PSV until 2019. He played for PSV in the UEFA Champions League 2015-16 and helped his team reach the quarter-finals. PSV had to play Atletico Madrid in the quarters. Zoet played amazing game against them. However, PSV lost to Atletico Madrid after the game went to penalties. Jeroen Zoet was able to keep 4 clean sheets against some top quality teams.
Diego Benaglio – 6th
Diego Benaglio, born 8 September 1983, is a Swiss footballer who plays as a goal keeper for German Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg. He formerly worked with Stuttgart and Portuguese club Nacional. He appeared in more than 200 official games with VfL Wolfsburg and won the league championship in 2009. Benaglio has represented Switzerland National team in three FIFA World Cups and Euro 2008. He played for VfL Wolfsburg in UEFA Champions League 2015-16 where his team made to the quarter-finals and lost 3-2 to Real Madrid. He kept a total of 4 clean sheets in the tournament.
Oleksandr Shovkovskiy – 7th
Oleksandr Shovkovskiy, born 2 January 1975, is a Ukrainian professional footballer who represents FC Dynamo Kyiv. Oleksandr made his first appearance for Dynamo Kyiv on 6 March 1994 and has since been a first-choice goalkeeper for both Dynamo Kyiv and the national team.
He made his 100th Champions League appearance in Kazan, against Rubin Kazan in 2011. The goalkeeper is famous for his great penalty saves. His performances in UEFA Champions League 2015-16 enhanced his reputation and made him even more popular among fans and media. He kept 5 clean sheets in the season.
Gianluigi Buffon – 8th
Gianluigi Buffon, born 28 Jan 1978, is an Italian professional footballer. He has earned 165 caps, which makes him the most capped player in the history of the Italian national team. Buffon plays as a goalkeeper and serves both Serie A club Juventus and the Italian national team as a captain. Fans, players, managers and pundits consider him as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. In 2001 transfer window, Buffon moved from Parma to Juventus for €53 million. This made him the most expensive goalkeeper in football history. At 38 years of age, Buffon is still going strong, playing just as good as any younger player. In UEFA Champions League 2015-16, he was the backbone of his team’s defense. He portrayed his phenomenal shot-stopping abilities, organizing skills and leader’s personality. On 21 October 2015, in the Champions’ League group stage, he broke the record for most minutes played as a Juventus player. It was played against Borussia Mönchengladbach. On 3 November 2015, he made his 100th Champions League appearance. While, Buffon’s team only got to the round of 16, he was able to keep 3 clean sheets.