7. Claudio Bravo (£3.5 Million)
Coming in at the number seven spot is Manchester City’s Claudio Bravo. After winning two Copa Americas with Chile, as well as two La Liga titles and a Champions League title with Barcelona, Bravo managed to cement himself in the list of world class goalkeepers. With his stacked resume, it was no wonder City had to shell out £17 million to acquire his services back in 2016. However, since coming over to England, the Chilean’s had a difficult time and finished off his debut season with the worst save success rate among all goalkeepers.
6. Thibaut Courtois (£4.5 Million)
Thibaut Courtois is one of the most crucial players at Chelsea and is paid handsomely for his world class talent. The 6-foot-7 Belgian caught the eyes of the Premier League giants at the very early stage of his career. After receiving Genk’s Player of the Year and the Goalkeeper of the Year award in Belgium at the tender age of 19, he was signed by Chelsea for €9 million with a five-year contract in 2011. He was quickly sent out on loan to Spanish giants Atletico Madrid, where he played a vital role in the club winning a La Liga title and reaching the final of Champions League during the 2013/14 season. Since then, he has been called back to the Blues and given the number one spot in goal ahead the veteran keeper Petr Cech.
5. Joe Hart (£4.5 Million)
The past a year and half has been a real nightmare for the current West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart. First, he was among the key players in the England squad that faced a disastrous Euro 2016 campaign, where they lost out to Iceland in a round of 16 fixture. Then he was pushed out of Manchester City by Pep Guardiola for not being good enough with his feet. The 30-year-old spent last season on loan at the Serie A outfit Torino, where he played 36 league games and conceded up to 66 goals. Despite his difficult spell in Italy, West Ham decided to bring Hart on loan during the summer, where he is still being paid good amount of money.
4. Hugo Lloris (£4.56 Million)
Hugo Lloris has been at Tottenham Hotspur since 2012 and it hasn’t been cheap to keep the Frenchman. Having been playing top-flight football for the past 13 years, Lloris is very experienced and always consistent at goal. He made his debut back in 2005 with Nice, before going on to sign with Lyon and then eventually moving to England. The 31-year-old has also represented France in the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, as well as Euro 2012 and 2016. He is currently the captain of both the club and the national team, and is highly respected on the pitch.
3. Petr Cech (£5.2 Million)
After spending 11 years at Chelsea, Petr Cech shocked many people when he moved to the city rivals Arsenal in the summer of 2015 for a fee of around £10 million. Arsene Wenger’s side was having trouble with goalkeepers over the years, which is why they decided to pay Cech a lot of money to bring his talent over to the red side of London. The 35-year-old has since made 103 appearances for the Gunners, and helped them win one FA Cup title and two Community Shields.
2. Ederson Morares (£8.6 Million)
Ederson Morares was still relatively unknown when Manchester City made him the second most expensive goalkeeper in the world by splashing £35 million in the summer. The Brazilian was actually playing for Benfica reserves just two seasons ago, before beating out his compatriot Julio Cesar for the number one spot last season. His goalkeeping abilities, as well as being very good with his feet, quickly caught the attention of Pep Guardiola and the manager wasted no time bringing him over to Manchester. Since then, Ederson has been a key part of City’s dominance in both the Premier League and Champions League, keeping 13 clean sheets in 28 appearances.
1. David de Gea (£10.1 Million)
After impressing at Atletico Madrid, Manchester United signed David de Gea for a then-British record fee for a goalkeeper of approximately £18.9 million back in 2011. He was brought in as a direct replacement for Edwin Van der Sar, who retired in the summer after a tremendous spell at Old Trafford. The Spaniard initially struggled to adapt to the Premier League, and was criticized for being too weak both physically and mentally. Sir Alex Ferguson even dropped him for Anders Lindegaard several times during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. However, de Gea eventually starting showing flashes of brilliance, and won over the number one spot at United. He was also made the highest paid goalkeeper in the world after his move to Real Madrid fell through in 2015, with United handing out a new four-year contract and a £200,000 per week salary.