How’s the Ranking? Top 5 Goalkeepers in Serie A 2021

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“Number 3 no longer plays in Italy.”

ONENEWS.MY.ID – Serie A has become an interesting league, especially in recent years. From the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo to Inter Milan which ended almost a decade of Juventus dominance. Italy’s top flight is never short of excitement.

One of the striking aspects of Italian football is the abundance of world-class defenders and goalkeepers. Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi and Dino Zoff are some of the past superstars who reign supreme in the defensive third.

Recently, centre-backs Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci have been in the limelight. World-class goalkeepers such as Alisson Becker, Gianluigi Buffon and Samir Handanovic have also thrived in Serie A.

Euro 2020 Player of the Year, Gianluigi Donnarumma, is another goalkeeper to rise to fame in Serie A. Even though he left for PSG this summer, he is still among the best Serie A goalkeepers in 2021.

On that note, let’s find out who else makes the list of the top five goalkeepers in Italy’s top flight in 2021:

#5 Emil Audero

Emil Audero has moved to Serie A club Sampdoria. The 24-year-old may not have kept as many clean sheets as some other players in the Italian league. However, he deserves a mention on this list for the many saves he has made.

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Audero made 117 saves last season which was the third most in the league. This goalkeeper was one of the main reasons Sampdoria finished top of the league table.

The Juventus youth academy graduate has made over 50 saves this season. Without his efforts, Sampdoria will be in the relegation zone. In recent seasons, his save percentage has been impressive.

#4 Wojciech Szczesny

Juventus’ main goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has had a somewhat forgotten 2020/2021 Serie A season. The Poland international has kept just five clean sheets, but that is also due to a defense that lacks the ability to protect the goalkeeper effectively.

Despite keeping only one clean sheet every six games last season, he has an impressive save percentage of 70.5%. Szczesny has kept seven league clean sheets this season.

The former Arsenal goalkeeper has only conceded 13 goals in Serie A this season. His rescue percentage increased slightly to 72.7%. He has faced two penalty kicks in Serie A this season and saved one of them.

#3 Gianluigi Donnarumma

Gianluigi Donnarumma was definitely the standout goalkeeper in Serie A last season. Don has been the talk of the town since his exploits with Italy at the Euros. Donnarumma kept 14 clean sheets in the league last season, his joint-highest with Inter Milan’s Handanovic.

The Italian goalkeeper could have taken the pole position on this list had he not moved to PSG in the summer. Nevertheless, Donnarumma’s exploits during the first half of the year earned him a place on this list.

Milan’s return to the Champions League was largely due to Donnarumma’s efforts. Although unable to win the Serie A title, they finished runner-up with a quality squad which is an achievement in itself.

#2 David Ospina

David Ospina’s contribution to Napoli in 2021 has been largely underestimated. The Colombian played just 16 games last season, but kept eight clean sheets. He also has the highest save tally with 76.9% in Serie A 2020/2021.

The Napoli man seems to be getting better with age. The 31-year-old has kept nine clean sheets this season keeping one clean sheet every two games.

Napoli are currently third in the Serie A table, and Ospina has played a key role in ensuring the team’s form. Ospina has conceded 14 goals in the league with only 0.76 goals conceded per game.

#1 Samir Handanovic

Samir Handanovic is without a doubt the most underrated goalkeeper of his generation. The three-time Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year winner is performing at the highest level, despite being 37 years old. He kept 14 clean sheets in Serie A last season.

Handanovic kept as many clean sheets as Donnarumma last season, and drew with Ospina for nine seasons. The Slovenian won the Scudetto with Inter Milan this year and is likely to repeat it next year as well.

His save percentage of 81% this season is enviable for any goalkeeper. The Inter Milan captain also saved several penalties last season. Handanovic has kept the most clean sheets in Serie A since the start of last season, he deserves the top spot on this list.

(diaz alvioriki/yul)

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