There are a lot of world class goalkeepers in the game of football today but right now there is only one man who deserves to be called the best in the world. And that is Manchester United’s David De Gea.
Many would argue that Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich is a better keeper than De Gea and I am not doubting the Germans ability because I do think he is a fantastic keeper but there are a number of reasons why De Gea pips him to the title.
Neuer may have been named the Team of the Year goalkeeper again this year but what makes him anymore worthy than the United man?
The 30 year old German has talent in abundance but playing for a side as dominant as Bayern Munich in a league which is undoubtedly less competitive than the Premier League means he is rarely called upon unlike De Gea.
The Spanish shot stopper has been nothing short of spectacular all season for Manchester United who without him would be in serious trouble. De Gea has saved just about everything that’s been thrown at him this season including Manchester United’s dignity on more than one occasion.
He became the first person in Manchester United history to win the clubs Player of the Season award three years in a row and he is fully deserved of it.
Since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson there have been very few shining lights at Old Trafford but the 25 year old goalkeeper has certainly been one of them.
After being signed by Manchester United in June 2011 for a British record transfer fee for a Goalkeeper of £17.8 million from Atletico Madrid big things were expected of the young man.
Unfortunately his United career started in shaky fashion and many had their doubts about whether he had the ability to prove himself in the more physical surroundings of the Premier League. Often teams would bully De Gea in games testing him physically from almost every set piece they could.
At the start the constant bombardment he received from on rushing opponents shook him up and often resulted in him making some shocking mistakes which were often costly in tight games but this is now a thing of the past.
Many were struggling to see how United would find a keeper even on par with what Edwin Van Der Sar had done for the team in his 6 years at Old Trafford let alone top it.
David De Gea is the definition of reliability and has also proven that he can do it on a wet Tuesday night in Stoke which looked in doubt in his early years in England.
De Gea has kept 61 clean sheets in his 163 Premier League appearances for the club which is just under one in every three which is no mean feet. But its not just the clean sheets that we should be focusing on.
There have been many a game where Manchester United have been under the cosh and holding onto a slim lead and he has always been the man to pull them through.
De Gea has agility in abundance and an uncanny ability to save shots with almost every part of his body. Many would argue that he gets lucky with his unorthodox methods but when he manages to do it game in game out you cannot argue with his skill.
He is without doubt the best one on one shot stopper I have ever seen. The amount of times he has come to the aid of Manchester United when the opposition look certain to score is incredible and without him they would certainly be a side struggling to even reach Europe.
At the age of just 25 his potential is incredible. With at least another 10 years of playing career in-front of him he is going to go on too be known as one of the best goalkeepers there ever was in my opinion.
David De Gea has proved his immense talent in the best league in the world and for that I have no doubt that he is the best goalkeeper in the world at this moment in time.