As FIFA 16 launches today across the globe, we take a look at the best rated keepers in the game. We are providing a complete analysis so that you can pick the best keeper for your team!
15. Asmir Begovic (82 Rated) – Chelsea FC
Recently transferred to Chelsea, Begovic will prove to be a very good buy for the initial stages of your EPL squad when you start with a very low budget. Standing at 6’7” with an 84 for Reflexes, expect Begovic to make some terrific last ditch saves which will frustrate your opponents.
14. Stephane Ruffier (83 Rated) – AS Saint-Étienne
Stephane has been prolific for St. Etienne in the recent seasons and has been rightfully awarded with an 83 rated card again. In fact, many say that Ruffier is better than Mandanda in game because of the height advantage he has. Therefore, he will be your main man between the posts for either an All-French squad or a Ligue 1 squad, whichever you plan to build.
13. Diego Alves (83 Rated) – Valencia CF
The first thing you would notice about this card are the insane Reflexes and Diving ratings of 88! And why not, Alves is tied with Barcelona legend, Andoni Zubizarreta, for the most number of penalty saves in the Spanish top flight. To put things in perspective, Zubizarreta took 102 matches to save 16 whereas Alves needed only 37 for his feat! Need to save a penalty in game? Bring on the Brazilian!
12. Claudio Bravo (83 Rated) – FC Barcelona
Claudio Bravo is on a roll! The Chilean has won the Treble with Barcelona in his first season and then followed it up with a Gold Medal in Copa America denying club teammate, Lionel Messi, a significant win in the national colours. He has picked up the prestigious Zamora trophy the same year, being the goalkeeper with the lowest “goals-to-games” in La Liga. After Iker Casillas’s departure to FC Porto, Bravo would be the first choice keeper for all La Liga Squads.
11. Joe Hart (83 Rated) – Manchester City FC
Joe Hart was described as a “phenomenon” by Lionel Messi after the return leg of the Barca-Man City tie in the Round of 16 of UEFA Champions League 2014. He produced a record-breaking 10 saves in that particular match. Expect more of the same from the in-game Hart as he can be lined up behind the solid paring of Otamendi and Kompany! No wonder City have kept 4 clean sheets in opening 5 league fixtures this season.
10. Steve Mandanda (83 Rated) – Olympique De Marseille
Mandanda has been one of the most consistent performers in the French League and has saved Marseille from the jaws of defeat many a times. In-game, however, Mandanda has not been very popular because of the height disadvantage he faces over the others. Both Sirigu and Ruffier are taller and are much safer options over him. However, this year’s game dynamics might help Mandanda make some tremendous saves much like he does in the real life. He might well be the surprise package of Ligue 1.
9. Samir Handanović (83 Rated) – Inter Milan
Handanović has been a beast for Inter Milan in the last couple of years. When the team flopped hopelessly in the front, Handanović excelled at the back. Since joining Inter from Udinese, Samir has been producing strings of match winning saves and this has earned him a very high rated card in FIFA as well. At 6’4”, Handanović is one of the tallest goalkeepers in the game and combined with the incredible stats of 87 in Diving, 86 in Reflexes and 87 in Positioning, he promises to be the best Goalkeeper in the Serie A though you have a certain Gianluigi Buffon vying for the same spot.
8. Iker Casillas (84 Rated) – FC Porto
The former Real Madrid legend will be a very cheap option for FUT enthusiasts all around the world. He will be available at very cheap rates because of the change of leagues from La Liga to the Primeira Liga. Nonetheless, he has won the IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper Award for a record 5 consecutive times and is considered one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. Casillas is still well within his prime and the former Euro Cup and World Cup winner will be his usual acrobatic self in front of goal here as well.
7. Gianluigi Buffon (84 Rated) – Juventus FC
Another ageing star who is still one of the best in the world. At 37, Buffon is giving all the youngsters a run for their money which is why he is still one of the top rated keepers in FIFA. The Italian international has been phenomenal for both club and country and still possesses the capability of wining matches single-handedly. He kept Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo at bay in last year’s UEFA Champions League Semi-Final to set up a mouthwatering clash against Barcelona. However, poor defensive errors handed Buffon a defeat. Nonetheless, Buffon is still the best and his experience is apparent is his performances.
6. Hugo Lloris (84 Rated) – Tottenham Hotspurs
The currently named captain of the Spurs team, Lloris has been silently working his way into the top bracket of keepers. Recently after his heroic performances against an in-form Crystal Palace gave Tottenham a 1-0 victory, Pochettino has reiterated Lloris’ contributions and hailed him as one of the world’s best. Indeed his command in the box and superiority in one on one situations have been remarkable. In-game too, Lloris has a commanding presence and his quick reflexes make him a very interesting option for budget buyers.
5. Bernd Leno (84 Rated) – Bayer Leverkusen
Bernd Leno is the biggest surprise that FIFA has sprung on its gamers. A jump from 82 to 84 was unexpected but it doesn’t come as much of a shock. Leno has been playing consistently for Leverkusen missing just two fixtures in his last three campaigns. His astounding performances have also garnered interest from the big clubs and reportedly, Real Madrid are interested in him. In game, Leno offers a very balanced Stats range with 5 over-80 ratings out of 6 possible outcomes. He is also the best option for Bundesliga and Germany squads as Neuer’s price would be out of reach for many.
4. Petr Cech (85 Rated) – Arsenal FC
Petr Cech joined Arsenal in the summer of 2015. A transfer fee of 10 million pounds was involved amongst the clubs. 10 million pounds for a 33 year old keeper tells you exactly what Cech is capable of. Having joined Arsenal, Cech made his debut against his former club, Chelsea, in the 2015 FA Community Shield. Arsenal won the game with a 1-0 scoreline and thus the former Chelsea legend won his first trophy for his new club in the very first match. Cech also holds the record of most clean sheets for Chelsea with the final number staying at a staggering 220 clean sheets. Therefore, a rating of 85 suits Cech perfectly.
3. Thibaut Courtois (86 Rated) – Chelsea FC
Mourinho and Chelsea has put full goalkeeping responsibilities on Courtois completely and boy has he performed. Aged only 23, the Belgian custodian is already the established keeper for both club and country and has displaced a certain Petr Cech on the way! He is certainly on his way to become the world’s best keeper in the world if he continues to perform in the levels he is doing currently. Staggering in game ratings of 84, 88, 87 and 86 in Diving, Reflexes, Handling and Positioning respectively, will make Courtois the most sought after goalkeeper of FIFA 16.
2. David De Gea (86 Rated) – Manchester United FC
David De Gea was the best player for Manchester United last season. He, single-handedly, dragged the team into the Champions League spot with his acrobatic and insane saves. He was completely unplayable and was the cause of several frustrating moments for many strikers. Undoubtedly, De Gea was given a jump from 83 to 86 which made him the second-best goalkeeper in the game. Having displaced Iker Casillas in between the posts for Spain, De Gea is high on confidence currently and you will have the same sense of relief that Man United or Spain have with De Gea in their line-ups!
1. Manuel Neuer (90 Rated) – Bayern München
Manuel Neuer has been absolutely fantastic for the last couple of seasons. Super cool between the posts, you wouldn’t want anyone else to be present as your last line of defense. The Ballon d’Or nominee has also won the Golden Glove along with the World Cup in 2014 and is considered amongst the same lines of Goalkeeping legend Lev Yashin. The ‘Sweeper Keeper’, as he is popularly known, sweeps away the best goalkeeper in FIFA 16 with a rating of 90. He will be costing a bomb, no doubt, but he will be worth every penny you spend..