Where does Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois rank among the best goalkeepers in the world in 2022?

Real Madrid, Thibaut Courtois (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Thibaut Courtois (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images) /
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Manchester City’s Ederson (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)
Manchester City’s Ederson (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images) /

4. Ederson, Manchester City

Brazil and Manchester City’s first-choice goalkeeper, Ederson has been on top form this season. Much like Handanovic, Ederson too has been his club’s mainstay in goal having played all of the Premier League and Champions League fixtures for Manchester City thus far in the season. His better share of performances has certainly been from the Premier League.

While he has a decent 73.5% save percentage, it accounts for a brilliant 54% clean sheet rate. He is definitely guarded by a brilliant central defense comprising of names like Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias. Given his brilliant clean sheet rate, it is natural that he has the highest clean sheets among all the players on this list in their respective domestic leagues. (15)

Much like Handanovic, Ederson hasn’t had the best of campaigns in the Champions League having conceded eight goals in five games. However, he is the standout among all keepers in terms of his footwork. He has the highest pass completion rate of passes launched at 60.7%. While there are goalkeepers who have stopped more crosses, his percentage of stopping crosses is the best among all keepers on the list at 9.2.

At 28 years of age, Ederson is definitely in his prime and can look to cement his position at being the owner of Manchester City’s goals for seasons to come. The sort of commanding keeper he is developing into is reflected by the amount of confidence he has in making defensive interventions outside the box. That is what sets him apart from all other keepers. Averaging 1.09 defensive actions outside the box per game, he has already made 24 actions this season in the Premier League, he is a man with confidence up to the brim.