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Valuable Shot Stoppers in European leagues

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Goalkeeping is one of the daunting tasks in the round leather game. Apart from being a one-man position, its handlers must make good delivery, or else they will be sidelined. The worth of a goalkeeper is very valuable-like other departments- in football.

In tandem, FutballNews-having done its due diligence aligning with other platforms- will parade the most valuable shot-stoppers in Europe who are successful in their various leagues, raising their parents in making sure their teams reach some greater heights.

1. Jan Oblak- Atletico Madrid (90 million euros)

Slovenia International has been doing great at Clarendon following the exit of Thibaut Courtois in 2014- as ATM is known for nurturing valuable goalkeepers. Oblak began his career in Benfica in 2010. The 28-year-old goalkeeper was sold to the Spanish outfit in 2014, since that time, he has been tagged as one of the best goalkeepers between the sticks in La Liga. In 200 games for Atletico, he had 111 clean sheets. In the 2020/21 season, with 24 appearances for the club, he kept 12 clean sheets.

2. Allison Baker – Liverpool (80 million euros)

Having started his career majorly with Brazilian giant Internacional in 2013, Baker went to AS Roma to play his trade in Europe-that was where his current owner, Liverpool bought him in 2018 under club’s manager Jurgen Klopp with a valuable amount (62 million euros). Within two years at Anfield, he has bagged four major trophies including the English topflight title and the UEFA Champions League. In 21 appearances for the Reds in the 2020/21 campaign, he kept seven clean sheets.

3. Thibaut Courtois- Real Madrid (75 million euros)

The Bree- born started the early days of his career with Genk before Chelsea secured a move for the 28-year-old with a meager amount of €8.95 million in 2011. But the London side- who are always know for loaning out young players- loaned out the Belgian to Atletico Madrid immediately until 2014. But within his stay with Diego Simeone’s army, he was an integral part of the victorious party who won the La Liga in 2014. He came back to Stamford Bridge after the time of great Petre Cech was almost over at the club. During his stay in the club, he had won two Premier League titles and a UEFA Europa League title, plus a FA Cup. He left the club for Real Madrid in 2018 with the Los Blancos buying with an amount of 35 million euros.

4. Marc-Andre Ter Stegen- Barcelona (75 million euros)

The German-born filled the void of Claudio Bravo at Nou Camp in 2015. Ter Steven spent the early part of his career in Germany, where he played for Borussia Monchengladbach. The 28-year-old has bagged silverware including a Champions League trophy. In the 2020/21 season, he kept 7 clean sheets in 18 appearances with Barcelona.

5. Gianluigi Donnarumma- AC Milan (60 million euros)

The 21-year-old player was at the academy at San Siro before advancing to the senior cadre in 2015. In the 2020/21 season, he kept seven clean sheets in eighteen appearances in Serie A. The Italian has just six months left on his contract with the club

6. Ederson- Manchester City (56 million euros) 

The Brazilian goalkeeper traded with Benfica before City secured a move for the 27-year-old shot stopped at huge feet of 40 million euros in 2017 under Josep Guardiola. Ederson has won two Premier League titles, three EFL Cups, and a FA Cup. He kept fourteen clean sheets in all competitions for the English side.

7. Andre Onana- Ajax Amsterdam (36 million euros)

The Cameron International- the only African valuable player on the list- start his football career playing for his compatriot- Samuel Eto’o- academy (2006-2010) before he was bought by Barcelona in 201. After five years, the 2018/19 UCL finalist’s services were needed in the Netherlands, Ajax – where he is currently playing for, he bought for 500 thousand euros. The African has 8 clean sheets in the bag in the Dutch topflight, Eredivise.

8. Wojciech Szczesny- Juventus (35 million euros)

The Polish started his career with Arsenal academy under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger, before he headed to the senior cadre of the North London side. He left Arsenal- with three titles- for AS Roma in 2015 after some loan spells at the Italian club. After three years at Roma, Juventus secured a move for the 30-year-old in 2017. With the Old Ladies, he has won many seven titles including a treble of the Serie A titles.

9. Bernd Leno- Arsenal (32 million euros)

The 28-year-old is one of Arsenal’s best goalkeepers. The German kicked off his career in his home country, VFG Stuttgart in 2011- from the club’s academy to the senior level. Within a year at the senior team with Stuttgart, Bayern Leverkusen secured a move for the player in 2012 with an amount of 7.5 million euros. After spending about five years in the Leverkusen, Arsenal needed his services at Emirates; what the entire club needed was 25 million euros to buy Leno. He did a very good job in clinching the FA Cup title last season under Mikel Arteta. He kept seven clean sheets in nineteen competitions for the club.

10 Unai Simon Athletic Bilbao (30 million euros)

Simon spent the early days of his career at the Spanish Club which he had no intention of leaving anytime soon. He is an admirer of Jan Oblak. He has managed to keep only four clean sheets in the 2020/21 season for Bilbao.

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