Goalkeepers are an underrated part of every team. Each of the top teams in the world have a world class goalkeeper between the posts to save them if their defence is breached. Goalkeepers do not cost as much as other outfield players but are equally important. Here, we take a lok at five of the most expensive goalkeepers ever.
5. David de Gea - €20m
The Spaniard was signed by Manchester United from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011 and was viewed by Sir Alex Ferguson as a long term successor to the retired Edwin van der Sar.
De Gea endured a rocky start in the Premier League but slowly showed just why he was so highly rated and is now as one of the best goalkeepers in the world and has saved Manchester United countless times in the past few years.
His reflexes and positioning are his biggest strengths and that has seen him continuously linked with a move to Real Madrid.
4. Sebastien Frey - €21m
The French goalkeeper spent most of his career in Italy and was once the third most expensive goalkeeper in the world when Parma signed him from Inter in 2003. Frey had spent the previous two years on loan at Parma before signing for them permanently.
The Frenchman enjoyed a long career in Serie, especially with Parma and Fiorentina but international recognition was hard to come as he was capped only twice by France.
3. Francesco Toldo - €26.5m
Toldo, the hero for Italy during their run to the Euro 2000 Final, moved to Inter in 2001 where he spent the rest of his career before retiring in 2010. The Italian was first choice during his first four seasons with Inter but the emergence of Julio Cesar saw him play backup till 2010 when he eventually announced his retirement.
2. Manuel Neuer - €30m
Manuel Neuer was captain of Schalke when he made a controversial move to rivals Bayern Munich in 2011. Even some of the Bayern fans were against his signing but Neuer's performances for the club has gone a long way to proving his doubters wrong.
At Bayern, Neuer has become the best goalkeeper in the world and has won every club trophy possible. He has revolutionized the art of goalkeeping with his sweeper keeper technique and is considered as one of the greatest goalkeepers in football history.
1. Gianluigi Buffon - €52m
Gianluigi Buffon moved to Juventus in 2001 for a world record fee for a goalkeeper and has been superb for the Turin giants ever since. He is now 39 but has shown no sign of stopping as he still puts in terrific performances in goal for both club and country.
Buffon is considered as one of the greatest keepers ever and his longevity at the top level has impressed everyone. The Italian is likely to hang up his boots after the 2018 World Cup and will hope to win his first ever Champions League before that.