Best goalkeeper of the World Cup?


In a tournament blessed with high-scoring matches, goalkeepers have become the unlikely cult heroes of this World Cup.

Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa led the charge. The out-of-contract shotstopper earned less in a year at relegated French side Ajaccio than Wayne Rooney earns in a week at Manchester United.

A fan of the French club has subsequently put his house up for sale in order to stump up the cash to keep Ochoa between the sticks.

But he's not the only keeper to capture the imagination at the World Cup. Lille and Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama was already a fan favourite for comedy classics such as "leaning against the goalpost while the other team attacks" and Algeria keeper Rais M'Bolhi had also gained a following for his lesser known masterpiece of "throwing a football at a striker's head".

But which goalkeeper has been the best at the World Cup?

Guillermo Ochoa (Mexico)

Along with Mexico coach Miguel Herrera, Ochoa has become something of a sensation at the World Cup.

Save rate - 76.8%

Rais M'Bolhi (Algeria)

The type of guy you don't mess with! The boss of his 18-yard box, M'Bolhi pulled off some sensational saves for Algeria against Germany, and kept his side in the game.

Save rate - 76.7%

Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria)

The Lille goalkeeper is well-known in France for his charismatic and solid displays, and THAT video of him leaning on a goalpost while the opposition are bearing down on goal has been watched by the majority of humans on earth.

Save rate - 80.8%

Manuel Neuer (Germany)

Probably his finest moment at this World Cup so far has been his fleeting appearance as a right-back against Algeria. You want to score against a German goalkeeper? Sorry, pal, no can do.

Save rate - 81.3%

Tim Howard (USA)

Has won the praise of the Barrack Obama (and the rest of America) for his superb performance against Belgium, in which he made a world record 16 saves. And what about that beard, eh?

Save rate - 82.4%

Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)

The Belgian keeper is a cult hero in his own country, where fans of the towering giant recreate his finest saves in video form and post them to YouTube. He has quietly got on with his job at the World Cup.

Save rate - 85.7%

Keylor Navas (Costa Rica)

If you want to score a penalty against Keylor Navas, then you're going to have to do something pretty special. The Costa Rican keeper was integral in getting his side through to the quarter-finals.

Save rate - 87.5%

Julio Cesar (Brazil)

Won the "trust of Brazil" back with his stunning performance in the penalty shootout with Chile, helping his side avoid the embarrassment of being knocked out in the round of 16.

Save rate - 66.7%

David Ospina (Colombia)

When the manager of the other team single-handedly blames you for his own side's loss, then you know you played pretty well. Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez labelled Ospina as being "extraordinary".

Save rate - 90%

Hugo Lloris (France)

Fans of the Premier League have been treated to plenty of marvelous displays from Lloris this year, and despite the fact that his side have spent the majority of their time attacking the opposition, he has been unflappable when called upon.

Save rate - 80%