FIFA World Cup 2018 is about to kick off in few days and all the teams will be eyeing to get hold of the most sought World Cup title. However, there are individual awards and titles as well namely the Golden Glove, Golden Boot and Golden Ball which play a crucial role in determining the best among the rest during a particular campaign. The Golden Glove award is, in fact, the most challenging category to appoint to. Goal-keeping is, in fact, the most difficult position to be in under pressure situations.
Goalkeepers have to remain on their toes for the entire duration in order to save their side from a crunching or humiliating defeat. Still, their efforts go unnoticed and usually gets overshadowed by those of the Golden Ball and Golden Boot recipient.
Despite making the herculean saves for the team, they don’t get enough credit for a victory. Instead, when the team loses, they are the ones who receive constant flak from the management and people for not having saved the team from a defeat.
These saviors need to be acknowledged for their contributions to the side and that’s why the Golden Glove award is given such an importance in the FIFA events as it helps in giving recognition to the Keeper who had been performing the best throughout the tournament.
Let’s have a look at the top 3 contenders for the Golden Glove Award
Manuel Neuer (Germany)
The German Keeper is yet again on the race for the Golden Glove and has a strong chance of retaining it as well, but the only obstacle in his road to the glory would be his share of injuries. He has had a terrible year full of injuries which have kept on benches since last September. In fact, last week marked his only appearance in the football arena in the span of 8 months.
His mere presence intimidates even the best of the attackers and his level of confidence by a tinge of arrogance is what makes him invincible over his opponents. Probably that’s why the Germans rely too much on him despite his shortcomings with the game-time.
His ability to save the game for the Germans from almost impossible situations has what made him one of the most on reliable keepers of this generation.
If he manages to get his rhythm before the matches commence, then he might be a match winning force for the Germans. Germany being the hot favorites to defend the title in Russia will heavily rely on his services and who knows if Manuel ends up retaining his title too.
David de Gea ( Spain)
The young man from Manchester United has time and again proved his worth as a keeper. His stunning saves have on many occasions saved the day for the United and helped them get a sigh of relief. David de Gea holds a unique record to his name, with the most Player of the series award for the last 5 years ( 4 awards). No wonder Manchester United’s over reliance on him under tough situations.
Alisson ( Brazil)
His rise in the ranks as one of the best goal keepers of the World has been a meteoric one. A year ago he wasn’t even near the choice of being the keeper at AS Roma and now, he looks all geared up to become one of the costliest goal-keeper on this earth.
The Brazillian goal keeper would have to put up his best shots in the FIFA World Cup which could elevate his transfer fee to an unprecedented level. His dazzling performances helped him secure the spot for the 1st keeper of the squad, despite Ederson, his 2nd in command gaining the highest ever transfer fee for a keeper just a year ago.
Alisson’s scintillating performances have helped him overshadow Ederson’s brilliance with the gloves that played a vital role in Manchester City’s title winning campaign. Alisson has certainly got all the eyes on to him and would have to fend off some powerful hits in order to become the recipient of the Golden Glove this World Cup.