Goal Singapore readers pick Navas as best World Cup goalkeeper

The Costa Rica custodian has been in stunning form in between the sticks during his nation's miracle run in Brazil and just gets the vote over Germany's Manuel Neuer
In a World Cup that has seen plenty of goals, the 2014 tournament in Brazil has also seen the rise to prominence of several goalkeepers.

While Spain's Iker Casillas and Russian Igor Akinfeev committed blunders that they will never want to remember again, previously little-known custodians like Algeria's Rais M'Bolhi, Mexico's Guillerme Ochoa and Lille's Vincent Enyeama have come to the fore.

However, it is Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas who the majority of Goal Singapore readers have been most impressed with, as 28.1% picked him out as their top choice. The 27-year-old has come to the fore as the Central Americans embarked on a fairytale run, topping a group consisting of Uruguay, Italy and England and going all the way to the quarter-finals, where they went out on penalties to the Netherlands.

Throughout, Navas conceded only twice - one of which was a penalty - in 510 minutes and made numerous brilliant saves to keep Costa Rica in the running. The Levante goalkeeper possesses a save-to-shots ratio of 91.3 per cent, the highest in the competition, and has cemented his reputation as one of the best around after a stellar La Liga campaign.

Following closely behind is Germany shot-stopper Manuel Neuer, who garnered 27.4% of the votes. The Bayern Munich player has always been regarded as one of the world's top goalkeepers and he has shown exactly why with his impressive reading of the game, as well as lightning-quick reflexes. Both were particularly evident against Algeria and France in the knockout stages, as the Germans withstood spirited displays.

Ochoa and USA's Tim Howard are next with 19.9% and 15.1% respectively, while Julio Cesar and Thibaut Courtois also impressed selected readers, along with M'Bolhi.

Together with Cesar and Neuer, Argentina's Sergio Romero and Dutchman Jasper Cillessen are the first-choice custodians left in the final four - and any of them could turn out to play a major part in deciding who wins this World Cup.