Gianluigi Buffon wins World Goalkeeper of the Year award

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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