They may not be as involved as outfield players but shot-stoppers often make the difference between winning and losing.
Post-Neymar’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain last summer, the transfer market has gone haywire with clubs spending big sums on players. This transfer window has carried on with the trend, with some eye-catching deals taking place.
In this article, we at Khel Now will run you through the most expensive goalkeepers in football history.
5. Jordan Pickford (Sunderland-Everton) – £25m
Watch: Some insane saves and reflexes by Jordan Pickford
After an average domestic season with The Toffees, the 24-year-old proved his mettle at the World Cup, with some heroic displays (especially against Colombia). The upcoming campaign is going to be a crucial one for the youngster as his club will be eyeing European football.
4. Ederson Moraes ( Benfica-Manchester City) – £35m
The former Benfica man joined Manchester City in the summer of 2017 for a then record fee for a goalkeeper.
Watch: Passing compilation of Ederson
Ederson had an instant impact with some stunning saves, and coming into the limelight for his exquisite long passes. In his first season, he made the goalie position his own and won the Premier League title with a solid-looking City side.
3. Gianluigi Buffon (Parma-Juventus) – £32.6m
Considered a fortune during those days, Juventus paid quite a huge sum for young Parma prodigy Gianluigi Buffon in 2001. Although, there were critics, the move turned out to be one of the best transfer deals in football history with the Italian legend spending 17 years with The Old Lady and leading them through an era of dominance.
Watch: Some of the best saves by Gigi Buffon
Buffon won a number of medals with Juventus and even won the World Cup in 2006 with Italy. Although the Calciopoli scandal turned out to be a stain on his Juve career, his heroics, on the whole, have overshadowed that phase.
2. Alisson Becker (AS Roma-Liverpool) – £65m
Watch: The art of distribution by Alisson
The Brazilian number one has come to England with a reputation of being the “Messi” of goalkeepers. Currently 25-years-old, the Brazilian shot-stopper still has a lot of years to become one of the best in the world and if the move works out, the Merseyside outfit could finally challenge for titles again.
1. Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao-Chelsea) – £71.6m
Watch: Best saves and reflexes by Kepa
His arrival broke the record held by Alisson who arrived at Liverpool last month for a then-record deal. The Premier League club has handed Kepa a seven-year contract which ends at 2025.