ESPN FC has its top 100 players at various positions on the pitch. At the goalkeeper ranking, the media outlet put Paris Saint-Germain’s Gianluigi Donnarumma at No. 6.
There are a few names that are ahead of Donnarumma that are understandable. However, the Italian shot-stopper has surpassed renowned names playing in the Premier League.
Donnarumma is ahead of players like Manchester City’s Ederson, Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale, and Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martinez.
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ESPN FC undertook an extensive evaluation of goalkeepers across various leagues. The outlet didn’t go into too much detail as to how the rankings were done, but they didn’t go solely on talent.
It’s safe to assume that factors such as shot-stopping abilities, command of the penalty area, distribution, consistency, and overall impact on their respective teams were used in this ranking system.
Placing Donnarumma above goalkeepers like Ederson, Ramsdale, and Martinez in the ranking is a testament to his exceptional talent. While rankings are subjective, recognizing Donnarumma’s talents further solidifies his reputation as one of the premier goalkeepers in world football.