Real Madrid's Iker Casillas Named World's Best 'Keeper By IFFHS

The Merengues shot stopper was some way clear of his closest rivals...
Real Madrid 'keeper Iker Casillas has been voted the World's Best Goalkeeper in 2008 by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).

The shot stopper, who played a major part in Spain's victory in the European Championships last summer, finished some distance clear of rivals Gianluigi Buffon and Edwin van der Sar.

The IFFHS asked a wide range experts from 85 countries to nominate their top four goalkeepers, with points awarded on a scale whereby the top-ranked 'keeper would receive four points and their fourth-ranked shot stopper received one point.

The top 10 ranked 'keepers were as follows:

1 - Iker Casillas: 249 points
2 - Gianluigi Buffon: 170
3 - Edwin van der Sar: 143
4 - Petr Cech: 108
5 - Igor Akinfeev: 23
6 - Jose Francisco Cevallos: 21
7 - Julio Cesar: 18
8 - Pepe Reina:15
9 - Jens Lehmann: 13
10 - Justo Villar: 12

Anthony Wright,