Buffon
Italian
Gianluigi Buffon has been selected as the 2017 World’s Best
Goalkeeper in the 31th annual awards by the IFFHS.

It
becomes the 5th time Buffon has won the award which was decided by
football experts from 91 countries around the World and announced
today by the IFFHS in Zurich.

Buffon
who plays for Italian club, Juventus had won the title in 2003, 2004,
2006 and 2007 and had six times previously finished runner-up behind
Iker Casillas and Manuel Neuer.

He
polled 251 points to win clearly before Neuer (FC Bayern
München/Germany) on 103 points with Keylor Navas (Real Madrid CF)
third on 85 points.

The
italian keeper has had a career of 856 matches including 175
international caps with Italy, has been in the World’s Top 3 over
the past 15 years, has been crowned as the IFFHS Goalkeeper of the
Decade (2000-2010) and is now level with Casillas who has also won
five IFFHS Awards.

At
39 years old, Buffon has played a fantastic season with FC Juventus
and since 2001 has won 10 Serie A titles, was keeper when Italy won
the 2006 World Cup but was unlucky this year when the national team
failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

Manuel
Neuer, winner of the last four Awards, missed many games this year
through injuries but still polled strongly to hold off the challenge
by Navas, Jan Oblak and David De Gea.

Sarah
Bouhaddi is top women goalkeeper
Sarah Bouhaddi

French
and Olympique Lyon goalkeeper, Sarah Bouhaddi has retained her title
as The Best Woman’s Goalkeeper in the World with a runaway win in
the IFFHS 2017 Awards.

For
the second year in a row, Bouhaddi has capped a great season to
clearly win the Award with 190 points from football experts in 91
countries from all continents, with Netherlands and Arsenal keeper
Sari Van Veenendaal second on 112 points followed by third placed
Paris SG keeper Katarzyna Kiedrzynek of Poland on 42 points.

Bouhaddi
has gained 120 international caps for France since 2004, won her 8th
national championship with Lyon, as well as her 6th French National
Cup and her 4th Women’s UEFA Champions League this year. She also
gave the European title to Lyon, scoring the decisive penalty in the
final against Paris SG.

Dutch
keeper Sari Van Veenendaal also made a stellar season and her ability
played a great part in the national team’s final victory in the
Women’s Euro 2017. It was one o the major reasons in winning second
place ahead of Katarzyna Kiedrzynek and the surprising progress of
young Austrian keeper Manuela Zinsberger of Bayern München who was
only two points away in fourth place.

It
is the first time that Hope Solo, four times winner of the Award, has
not appeared in the ranking since the beginning of the AWARDS in 2012
because of her suspension. She didn’t play any match in 2017.

Ranking
2017:

1
– Gianluigi BUFFON (FC Juventus / Italy)
251 points
2
– Manuel NEUER (FC Bayern München / Germany)
103 points
3
– Keylor NAVAS (Real Madrid CF / Costa Rica)
85 points
4
– Jan OBLAK (Club Atlético de Madrid / Slovenia)
74 points
5
– Davis DE GEA (Manchester United FC / Spain)
70 points
6
– Thibaut COURTOIS (Chelsea FC / Belgium)
51 points
7
– Marc André TER STEGEN (FC Barcelona / Germany)
21 points
8
– Hugo LLORIS (Tottenham Hotspur FC / France)
9 points
9
– ALLISON Ramses Becker (AS Roma / Brazil)
8 points
10-
Gianluigi DONNARUMMA (AC Milan / Italy)
6 points
10-
Samir HANDANOVIC (FC Inter Milan / Italy)
6 points
12-
Claudio BRAVO (Manchester City FC / Chile)
4 point
12-
EDERSON Santana de Moraes (Benfica/Manchester City/Brazil 4 points
14-
Andre ONANA (Ajax Amsterdam / Cameroon)
1 point
14-
Danijel SUBASIC (AS Monaco/Croatia) 1 point

Women
ranking

1
– Sarah BOUHADDI (Olympique Lyon / France)
190 points
2
– Sari VAN VEENENDAAL (Arsenal FC / Netherlands)
112 points
3
– Katarzyna KIEDRZYNEK (Paris SG / Poland) 42 points
4
– Manuela ZINSBERGER (FC Bayern München/Austria) 40
points
5
– Karen BARDSLEY (Manchester City FC / England) 36 points
6
– Almuth SCHULTH (VFL Wolfsburg / Germany) 35 points
7
– Hedvig LINDHAL (Chelsea FC / Sweden) 32 points
8
– Christiane ENDLER (Valencia CF/Paris SG/Chile) 26 points
8
– Sandra PANOS (FC Barcelona / Spain) 26 points
8
– Stina Lykke PETERSEN (Kolding Q / Denmark) 26 points
11-
Stephanie LABBE (Washington Spirit/Canada) 18 points
12-
Lydia WILLIAMS (Houston Dash/Seattle Reign/Australia) 15 points
13-
Gaelle THALMANN (AGSM Verona / Switzerland) 12 points
14-
Alyssa NAEHER (Chicago Red Stars/ USA) 7 points
15-
Siobhan CHAMBERLAIN (FC Liverpool / England) 3 points
15-
Adrianna FRANCH (Portland Thorns FC / USA) 3 points
15-
Ingrid HJELMSETH (Stabaek FK / Norway) 3 points

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