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Ter Stegen lists De Gea & Ederson among the five best goalkeepers in the world

8:18 PM IST 10/04/18
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The Barcelona ace has picked the Manchester duo, as well as the likes of Manuel Neuer and Gianluigi Buffon as the top keepers around

Barcelona star Marc-Andre ter Stegen has selected the five goalkeeping rivals he considers to be the best in the world.

Considered one of the best keepers in the game himself, there are also leading figures at the likes of Manchester United, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Roma and Manchester City.

Asked to pick his cream of the crop, Ter Stegen said ahead of the Champions League quarter-final outing against Roma: "[David] De Gea, [Manuel] Neuer, [Gianluigi] Buffon, Alisson, Ederson.

"I can't say who is the best, because all of them have their qualities. There are many goalkeepers out there who can make a difference."

Selecting just five names from a deep pool of talent was never going to be easy, with there some notable figures overlooked by Ter Stegen.

Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois is among those left off the list, along with AC Milan’s teenage talent Gianluigi Donnarumma, Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak and Tottenham shot-stopper Hugo Lloris.

All of the above are, however, some of the best in the business after spending several years fine tuning their talent.

Few are likely to have matched Ter Stegen’s bizarre move into keeping, though, with the Germany international revealing that he never intended to operate between the sticks and rather fell into the position due to the unfortunate struggles of a team-mate in his younger years.

He told The Players’ Tribune : "A bloody nose. That’s how I ended up as a goalkeeper.

"A lot of things happened in between, but that’s really what it started with. A boy I played with on my youth team in Monchengladbach, when I was about 10 years old, kept getting them. I’m not sure why. He was our goalkeeper and he got one during a match. Our coach needed someone else to go in the goal, but no one else would. So in I went.

"When I first began playing football I was a striker. I loved scoring goals. I played to score goals. It’s what made me happy.

"So I went and played keeper and… I liked it. There wasn’t any big realisation or change for me. I didn’t all of a sudden fall in love with goalkeeping, but… it was fun. And every time I went in, I felt more comfortable. Team-mates and parents would tell me how good I was doing.

"But despite all that, I still loved the feeling of scoring a goal, rather than stopping them. Scoring — that’s what made me happy. That’s what I wanted to do."