Highest Paid Goalkeepers In the World
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We bring to you the latest list of the top 20 highest paid goalkeepers in the world today.

It has become a known and undeniable fact that goalkeepers are among the lowers earners in football, despite the fact that the majority of them are very pivotal for each football team, and the club as a whole.

We’ve recently published the latest rankings of the top 10 highest paid players in EPL, you should check it out, as one of the goalkeepers in this article made it to that list.

While goalkeepers are working hard to keep their team safe from conceding goals with magnificent and world-class saves, most of them tend to earn lower, while the attackers, midfielders, and most defenders get the lion share.

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Fortunately for some goalkeepers, their club is kind enough to reward their efforts with salaries as we will see in this article that discusses the top 20 highest paid goalkeepers in the world.

Here we are going to take a look at their weekly salary and which club they belong to.

Top 20 Highest Paid Goalkeepers In the World

RankHighest Paid Goalkeepers 2021Annual Salary Paid
#1David De Gea£375,000
#2Jan OBlak£271,000
#3Manuel Neuer£259,000
#4Thibaut Courtois£230,000
#5Keylor Navas£210, 000
#6Kepa Arrizabalaga£150,000
#7Alisson Becker£150,000
#8Gianluigi Donnarumma£136,000
#9Marc-André ter Stegen£150,000
#10Kasper Peter  Scmeichel£130,000
#11Wojciech Tomasz Szczęsny£130,000
#12Samir Handanović£103,000
#13Bernd Leno£100,000
#14Hugo Hadrien Dominique Lloris£100,000
#15Dean Bradley Henderson£100,000
#16Jordan Lee Pickford£100,000
#17Rui Pedro dos Santos Patrício£100,000
#18Pau López Sabata£79,000
#19Vicente Guaita Panadero£75,000
#20Paul Gulacsi£60,000

1. David de Gea: £375,000

Highest Paid Goalkeepers In the World - David De Gea
  • Full Name: David De Gea Quintana
  • Born: 7 November 1990 (age 30 years).
  • Country: Spain
  • Current teams: Manchester United F.C.
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Awards: FIFA FIFPro World XI, Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year, Manchester United Players’ Player of the Year: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2017–18.

David de Dea Quintana is currently the highest paid goalkeeper in the world right now. Known for his great reflex and his ability to use his legs to make several saves, David De Gea is also considered as one of the best goalkeepers in football history.

He has been indispensable for the Red Devils of Manchester United, winning one premier league title, one FA Cup, one EFL Cup, three FA Community Shield,s and one Europa League title.

So far he has made over 300 appearances for the club.

2. Jan Oblak: £271,000

Most Paid Goalkeepers in the world - Jan Oblak
  • Full Name: Jan Oblak
  • Born: January 7, 1993
  • Country: Slovenia
  • Current teams: Atletico Madrid
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Awards:  Primeira Liga Best Goalkeeper: 2013–14, La Liga Zamora Trophy: 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18,2018–19, La Liga Best Goalkeeper: 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, Slovenian Footballer of the Year: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, Slovenian Youth Footballer of the Year: 2012, 2013, The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper: 2020 (3rd place), IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper of the Decade: 2011–2020 (6th place)

Second on my list of the top 20 highest paid goalkeepers is Jan Oblak.

Jan Oblak is another world-class goalkeeper who has been outstanding in performance for Atletico Madrid since joining the club in 2014.

His efforts to keep the club in the number one position in the LA Liga this season has been rewarded with a mouthwatering weekly pay of £271,000, making him the second-highest-paid goalkeeper in the world.

He has a good reflex and ability to make crucial saves including that of spot-kicks which also makes him one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

3. Manuel Neuer: £259,000

  • Full Name: Manuel Peter Neuer
  • Born: 27 March 1986
  • Country: Germany
  • Current teams: Bayern Munich
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Awards: Silbernes Lorbeerblatt: 2010,2014, Footballer of the Year (Germany): 2011, 2014, German national Player of the Year: 2020, IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper: 2013, 2014, 2015,2016, 2020, IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper of the Decade: 2011–2020, Best European Goalkeeper: 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2020, IFFHS World’s Best Man Player of the Decade 2011–2020: (6th place), IFFHS UEFA Best Man Player of the Decade 2011–2020: (3rd place), UEFA Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season: 2019–20, UEFA Men’s Player of the Year: 2013–14 (2nd place), 2019–20 (3rd place), FIFA Ballon d’Or: 2014 (3rd place), The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper: 2020, FIFA World Cup Golden Glove: 2014

Manuel Peter Neuer is another skilled sportsman on this list of the highest-paid goalkeepers in the world.

The one-time world cup winner and former world best goalkeeper is known for his defensive abilities aside from using his hands to stop the ball from entering the back of the net.

Neuer is the captain of the Germany national team and also Bayern Munich. He led Bayern Munich to their second treble in 2020, where he won the FIFA Men’s best goalkeeper.

4. Thibaut Courtois: £230,000

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  • Full Name: Thibaut Nicolas Marc Courtois
  • Born: 11 May 1992
  • Country:  Belgium
  • Current teams: Real Madrid
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Awards: Belgian Professional Goalkeeper of the Year, Belgian Bronze Shoe, La Liga Goalkeeper of the Season: 2012–13, La Liga Player of the Month: January 2020, Best Belgian Player Abroad: 2013,2014, London Football Awards Goalkeeper of the Year: 2015, Belgian Sportsman of the year: 2014, Premier League Golden Glove: 2016–17, FIFA World Cup Golden Glove: 2018, The Best FIFA Goalkeeper: 2018, IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper: 2018; runner-up: 2014, IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper of the Decade (2011–2020): 3rd place

Popularly known as Courtois, Thibaut Nicolas Marc Courtois is a Belgian shot-stopper who plays for Real Madrid F.C, one of the highest paying soccer leagues in the world, and the Belgium national team.

Like other top goalkeepers in the world, Courtois has achieved great feats in his football career, he has many accolades and awards to his name.

The Golden glove award winner in the 2018 FIFA World Cup has been in sensational form for Real Madrid this season. No doubt, Courtois is worthy of this list of the highest paid goalkeepers in the world today.

His outstanding performances have endeared him to fans and the management which prompted them to reward his efforts with a mouth-watering weekly wage of £230,000.

5. Keylor Navas: £210,000

Highest earning goalkeepers - Kaylor navas
  • Full Name: Keilor Antonio Navas Gamboa
  • Born: 15 December 1986
  • Country:  Costa Rica
  • Current teams: Paris Saint-German
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Awards: UNCAF Nations Cup runner-up: 2009, 2011, CONCACAF Gold Cup Best Goalkeeper: 2009, La Liga Player of the Month: March 2014, LFP Awards Best Goalkeeper: 2013–14, UNFP Player of the Month: March 2021, CONCACAF Men’s Player of the Year: 2014, 2017, CONCACAF Men’s Goalkeeper of the Year: 2016, 2017, 2018, Facebook FA La Liga Best Goalkeeper: 2016

Keylor Navas who hails from Pérez Zeledón, in Costa Rica, has not really been recognized by many, as a world best goalkeeper but his weekly salary tells you that indeed he has been putting up some eye catching displays for his club Paris Saint German.

Bought from Real Madrid in 2019, Keylor Navas has achieved great successes with Real Madrid. He helped them to win the Champions League, three consecutive times with his magnificent saves.

He has not slowed down either at Paris, he leads them to the 2019-2020 and 2020-21 champions final and semifinal respectively. His weekly wage of £210,000 ranks him number 5 on this list of the highest-paid goalkeepers in the world.

6. Kepa Arrizabalaga: £150,000

  • Full Name: Kepa Arrizabalaga Revuelta
  • Born: October 3, 1994
  • Country :  Spain
  • Current teams: Chelsea FC
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Awards: N/A

Currently the most expensive goal keeper in the world, Kepa Arrizabalaga is a Spanish goalkeeper who plays for Chelsea and Spain national team.

Though he has suffered some setbacks regarding fitness and form, he is still one of the highest-paid and also the current most expensive goalkeeper in the world.

7. Alisson Becker: £150,000

  • Full Name: Alisson Ramses Becker
  • Born: October 2, 1992
  • Country: Brazil
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Award: The Best FIFA Goalkeeper, UEFA Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season, Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year, Premier League Golden Glove, Goal 50 World’s Best Goalkeeper, Globe Soccer Awards Best Goalkeeper of the Year, Copa América Golden Glove,

Allison Becker is a Brazilian goal keeper, currently playing for Liverpool FC and the Brazilian national team.

Considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world, Allison is known for his ability to handle the ball with his feet, his ball catching ability and his swiftness in going down to parry the ball away.

Within two years, he helped the club to win their first EPL title in thirty years and also the Champions League title the following season. No doubt, Alisson is worthy of this list of the most paid goalkeepers in the world.

8. Gianluigi Donnarumma: £136,000

  • Full Name: Gianluigi Donnarumma
  • Born: 25 February 1999
  • Country:  Italy
  • Current teams: AC Milan
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Awards: Gazzetta Sports Awards Rivelazione dell’anno, Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year

Considered to be the right successor of the legendary shot-stopper, Gianluigi Buffon, Donnarumma is a young outstanding goalkeeper, currently playing for AC Milan and the Italian national team.

Despite the fact that he is just 22 years old, Donnarumma has established himself to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world with his sharp reflexes and goalkeeping qualities.

9. Marc-André ter Stegen : £150,000

  • Full Name: Marc-André ter Stegen
  • Born: 30 April 1992
  • Country:  Germany
  • Current teams:  FC Barcelona
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Awards: kicker Bundesliga Goalkeeper of the Season, UEFA Save of the Season,

Marc-André ter Stegen is next on this list of the highest paid goalkeepers in the world. He is an amazing shot stopper who plays for FC Barcelona and the Germany national team.

He is known for his confidence in handling the ball with his feet, sharp reflexes and his ball-playing ability.

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10. Kasper Scmeichel: £130,000

Highest Paid Goalkeepers in the World - Kasper Scmeichel
  • Full Name: Kasper Peter  Scmeichel
  • Born: 5 November 1986
  • Country: Denmark
  • Current teams:  Leicester City
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Awards: Danish Football Player of the Year, Danish Football Association’s award, Football League Two Player of the Month, PFA League Two Fans’ Player of the Year, Leicester City Player of the Season, Leicester City Player’s Player of the Season, Leicester City Supporters’ Club Player of the Season

Kasper Scmeichel is the son of former Manchester United and Denmark shot stopper, Peter Scmeichel.

He has won the premier with Leicester City and was outstanding for Denmark during 2018. He is also known for his quick reflexes and his ability to coordinate his team as a leader he is. He is deserving of the 10th spot on the list of the highest-paid goalkeepers in the world.

11. Wojciech Szczęsny: £130,000

  • Name: Wojciech Tomasz Szczęsny
  • Born: 18 April 1990
  • Country:  Poland
  • Current teams:  Juventus
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Awards: Premier League Golden Glove, Lega Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year

Wojciech Szczesny is a Polish shot-stopper who plays for the old ladies of Juventus and the Poland national team. He has been consistent in form for years, since joining the old ladies in 2017 from Arsenal.

He has won three consecutive Serie A titles with the club, as well as the Copa Italia.

You can’t list the top 10 best goalkeepers in the world without including the Polish goalkeeper who is also one of the highest paid goalkeepers in the world.

12. Samir Handanovic: £103,000

  • Full Name: Samir Handanović
  • Born: 14 July 1984
  • Country: Bosnia
  • Current teams:  Inter Milan
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Awards: Slovenian Footballer of the Year, AIC Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year, Lega Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year.

Handanovic is a Bosnian professional footballer who is playing for Internationale de Milan and the Bosnia national team.

The Bosnian shit stopper has been outstanding this season for Inter Milan, helping the club claim their first Serie A title in eleven years. He is also on the verge of winning the Serie A golden glove. He has amazing acrobatic and shot-stopping abilities.

He is also known for his quickness and anticipation as a goalkeeper, which enables him to clear the ball from danger, as well as his ability to get to the ground quickly to parry or collect the ball.

These qualities also make him particularly adept at stopping kicks. No doubt, Samir Handanovic is deserving of this list of the highest paid goalkeepers.

13. Bernd Leno: £100,000

  • Full Name: Bernd Leno
  • Born: 4 March 1992
  • Country:  Germany
  • Current teams:  Arsenal
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Awards: Updating Soon

Bernd Leno is a shot-stopper who else from Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany, and currently plays for Arsenal and Germany national team.

He has been indispensable for the Gunners since his arrival from Bayer Leverkusen 2018. He has won the FA Community Shield with The Gunners of Arsenal.

He is known for his passing ability and reflexes which puts him in the list of Premier League best goalkeepers.

14. Hugo Lloris: £100,000

  • Full Name: Hugo Hadrien Dominique Lloris
  • Born: 26 December 1986
  • Country:  France
  • Current teams:  Tottenham Hotspur
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Awards: Toulon Tournament Best Goalkeeper, Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year, Ligue 1 Team of the Year, UNFP Player of the Month, The Best FIFA Goalkeeper runner-up, IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper runner-up, UEFA Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season third place

Hugo Lloris is a FIFA World Cup-winning goalkeeper who plays for Tottenham Hotspur and the France national team. He is the captain of Tottenham Hotspur and also France national team.

He is known for his sharp reflexes and ability to control his defense. He is very outstanding in one on one situations which made pundits consider him as one of the best goalkeepers in the world especially during the 2018 FIFA World Cup where he was sensational between the sticks, for France.

15. Dean Henderson: £100,000

  • Full Name: Dean Bradley Henderson
  • Born: 12 March 1997
  • Country:  England  
  • Current teams:  Manchester United
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Awards: Sheffield United Young Player of the Year, Sheffield United Community Player of the Year, EFL Championship Golden Glove.

Dean Henderson is an England  born Goalkeeper who plays for Manchester United and the England national team.

Henderson is known for his distribution with both his hands and feet as a goalkeeper, as well as his ability to claim crosses or to catch and punch high balls.

Dean Henderson who won the EFL Championship Golden Glove during the 2018/2019 season while on loan at Sheffield United, has established himself to be a great successor of David De Gea whose time at Manchester United is nearing its end.

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16. Jordan Lee Pickford: £100,000

  • Full Name: Jordan Lee Pickford
  • Born: March 7, 1994
  • Country: England
  • Current teams: Everton FC
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Awards: Everton Player of the Season, Everton Players’ Player of the Season, Everton Young Player of the Season.

Jordan Pickford is an English shot stopper, currently playing for Everton and the current first choice goalkeeper of England national team.

Though in previous months he had to battle with injury and fitness, he is currently in the best form of his career and he is poised to make England’s national team list as the first-choice goalkeeper.

He is very swift when it comes to aerial balls as well as ground balls.

17. Rui Patricio: £100,000

  • Full Name: Rui Pedro dos Santos Patrício
  • Born: February 15, 1988
  • Country: Portugal
  • Current teams: Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Awards: Sporting CP Footballer of the Year, LPFP Primeira Liga Goalkeeper of the Year.

Rui Patricio is a Portuguese footballer who plays for Wolverhampton Wanderers and the Portugal National team where he helped them (Portugal) to win the 2016 UEFA European Championship and UEFA Nations League.

Popularly known for his ability to organize his defense and also handle aerial balls, Rui Patricio who helped the team to a first continental quarter-final since 1972 has been considered one of the world’s decorated goalkeepers.

18. Pau Lopez: £79,000

  • Full Name: Pau López Sabata
  • Born: 13 December 1994
  • Country: Portugal
  • Current teams: Roma
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Awards: N/A

Pau Lopez is a Spanish goalkeeper who is presently playing for Roma and Spain national team. The shot stopper has been impressive this season, making a total of 103 saves for the Italian Side.

19. Vicente Guaita

Most Paid Goalkeepers in the world - Vincente Guaita
  • Full Name: Vicente Guaita Panadero
  • Born: 10 January 1987
  • Country: Spain
  • Current teams: Crystal Palace
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Awards: N/A

Vincente Guiata is a Spanish shot stopper who is currently playing for Crystal Palace though he has been unfortunate to receive an international call to play for Spain national team.

He is outstanding with the ball in his hands and feet, his goalkeeping skills are top-notch.

His eye-catching performances for Crystal Palace this season prompted the management of the club to increase his salary to £77,000 which puts him in the list of the highest paid goalkeepers in the world.

20. Paul Gulacsi: £60,000

  • Full Name: Paul Gulacsi
  • Born: 6 May 1990
  • Country: Hungary
  • Current teams: RB Leipzig
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Awards: kicker Bundesliga Goalkeeper of the Season, Hungarian Footballer of the Year (Golden Ball)

Paul is an Hungarian footballer who plays in the number one position as the goal keeper for RB Leipzig and Hungary national team.

He has made a total of 176 appearances for the German side, also helping them to qualify for the 2019/2020 champions league tournament, first time in the club history.

He has the ability to handle the ball with his feet coupled with his quick reflexes.

Summary of The Highest Paid Goalkeepers

Despite the fact that goalkeepers are not mostly recognized the way midfielders, strikers, and most defenders are, a host of them are recognized and greatly rewarded by their respective clubs as we have seen in their weekly salary, as presented in this list of top 20 highest paid goalkeepers in the world below:

  1. David de Gea
  2. Jan Oblak
  3. Manuel Neuer
  4. Thibaut Courtois
  5. Keylor Navas
  6. Kepa Arrizabalaga
  7. Alisson Becker
  8. Gianluigi Donnarumma
  9. Marc Andre ter Stegen
  10. Kasper Scheichel
  11. Wojciech Szczesny
  12. Samir Handanovic
  13. Bernd Leno
  14. Hugo Lloris
  15. Dean Hederson
  16. Jordan Lee Pickford
  17. Rui Paatricio
  18. Pau Lopez
  19. Vicente Guaita
  20. Paul Gulacsi

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