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Top three favourites to win Best FIFA Men's Goalkeeper 2023 Award: Ranked

Published at :December 14, 2023 at 12:00 AM
Modified at :January 14, 2024 at 12:21 AM
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The Final nominees for The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper in 2023

As the football world eagerly anticipates the revelation of the Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper for 2023, the spotlight is shining brightly on three exceptional shot-stoppers who have etched their names into the annals of the beautiful game. Ederson, Thibaut Courtois, and Yassine Bounou have emerged as the finalists for the prestigious award, with their remarkable performances during the eight-month qualification period from December 19, 2022, to August 20, 2023, earning them well-deserved recognition.

The triumvirate contenders for the Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper 2023:

3.  Yassine Bounou (Morocco)

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Bounou was signed by Al Hilal in the summer

Yassine Bounou, affectionately known as ‘Bono,’ has emerged as the third finalist for The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper 2023, and his journey to the spotlight is nothing short of extraordinary. Following his heroics with Morocco in the FIFA World Cup, Bounou seamlessly transitioned back into domestic action with Sevilla, lifting the UEFA Europa League trophy for the seventh time in the club’s history.

Bono’s footballing journey began in Morocco, where he honed his skills with Wydad AC. His senior career unfolded predominantly in Spain, amassing over 150 La Liga appearances for Girona and Sevilla, along with over 50 appearances in the Segunda División for Zaragoza and Girona. His time with Sevilla included winning two UEFA Europa League titles and the prestigious Zamora Trophy.

The Moroccan goalkeeper’s defining moment came in the Europa League final, where he played a crucial role in Sevilla’s victory over Roma. His heroics in the penalty shootout, saving efforts from Roger Ibanez and Gianluca Mancini, earned him the title of Player of the Match and a deserved place in the Europa League Team of the Season.

Bounou’s remarkable performance in the Europa League final was a swan song for his time with Sevilla, as he embarked on a new challenge with Al Hilal in the Saudi Pro League. The 32-year-old shot-stopper’s journey from Canada, where he was born to Moroccan parents, back to Morocco, and then onto the global stage exemplifies his diverse footballing odyssey.

2. Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)

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Thibaut Courtois is currently out with an ACL injury

Thibaut Courtois, the towering presence in Real Madrid‘s goal, has once again found himself among the finalists for The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper. The Belgian shot-stopper, who previously claimed the award in 2018, continued to reinforce his reputation as one of the game’s most talented and reliable goalkeepers during the qualifying period.

Courtois played a pivotal role in Real Madrid’s triumph in the Copa del Rey final against Osasuna, securing the club’s 20th victory in the prestigious competition. His consistent performances earned him the honour of having his handprints immortalized at the Royal Belgian FA’s Proximus Basecamp, a fitting tribute to reaching 100 caps for the Red Devils.

The 31-year-old goalkeeper’s journey to the milestone of 100 caps was a historic feat, making him the first Belgium goalkeeper to achieve such recognition. However, Courtois faced adversity, undergoing surgery for an anterior cruciate ligament injury in August. Despite the setback, his resilience and unwavering commitment to the sport underscore his determination to be among the best.

Courtois’ inclusion in the shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper is a testament to his enduring excellence, and as he vies for the award, fans will be watching with bated breath to see if he can add another individual accolade to his illustrious career.

1. Ederson Moraes (Brazil)

At the heart of Manchester City‘s historic Treble triumph stands Ederson, the Brazilian goalkeeper whose influence between the posts played a pivotal role in the club’s extraordinary success. Ederson’s incredible journey through the 2022-2023 season saw him lift the Champions League, Premier League, and FA Cup, with the UEFA Super Cup adding the finishing touch to an illustrious campaign.

Ederson, fondly known as ‘Eddy,’ boasts an impressive resume of 310 appearances for Manchester City over seven seasons, securing a total of 15 trophies during his tenure. His standout performance in the Champions League final against Inter Milan showcased his shot-stopping prowess, as he made crucial saves to secure a clean sheet and help clinch the coveted European title.

The Brazil international’s contributions extended beyond the Champions League triumph, as he played a key role in securing Manchester City’s sixth English Premier League crown in the last decade. Ederson’s prowess was further demonstrated in the FA Cup, where he played a crucial part in City’s victory over local rivals Manchester United. The treble-winning goalkeeper’s heroics were punctuated by his Guinness World Record for the longest football drop kick, an achievement that underscores his multifaceted skills.

Despite being nominated for the Ballon d’Or earlier in the season, Ederson faced stiff competition and narrowly missed out on the individual accolade. Now, as he contends for The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper, the City faithful are hopeful that ‘Eddy’ will secure the recognition his outstanding performances truly deserve.

The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper 2023: A Thrilling Finale

With the stage set for The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper Award 2023, football enthusiasts around the world eagerly await the unveiling of the winner at a ceremony in London on January 15, 2024. The competition is fierce, with Ederson, Thibaut Courtois, and Yassine Bounou each bringing a unique blend of skill, resilience, and success to the table.

As the narratives of these goalkeeping maestros unfold, the footballing world will witness a celebration of their contributions, a recognition of their resilience, and the culmination of a season that showcased their extraordinary talent. Regardless of the outcome, these three finalists have left an indelible mark on the sport, and the anticipation surrounding The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper 2023 only adds to the excitement that football enthusiasts worldwide share.

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