Legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has named his top five currently active shot-stoppers, with Thibaut Courtois sitting at the top of the list.
Widely considered to be one of the best goalkeepers of all time, Buffon was asked to name his top five keepers while in attendance at the Festival dello Sport, an event run by Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The 44-year-old found room for his compatriot Gianluigi Donnarumma on the list, naming the Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper in second place behind the Belgian Courtois.
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Following them was Germany’s Manuel Neuer, with Jan Oblak and Mike Maignan completing the list.
27-year-old Maignan is perhaps the most surprising inclusion on Buffon’s list, with the Frenchman yet to nail down a starting berth in his national side. However, his impressive form in AC Milan’s Serie A title victory last season has boosted his reputation across Europe, and it seems this has not gone unnoticed by Buffon.
Buffon is in the second season of his return to Serie B outfit Parma, having originally left the club to join Juventus in 2001. He was the most expensive goalkeeper in world football at the time – a record that stood until Alisson’s move to Liverpool in 2018.