Football Manager 2020: All the best goalkeepers (GK) to sign – Neuer, Alisson, & more

Keeping clean sheets is vital to winning trophies. These are the best shot-stoppers in the game.

Toby Durant by Toby Durant

Find a good goalkeeper and you won’t have to look again for a long, long time. They very rarely get injured, and can play every game of your season no matter how deep you go in cup competitions.

While scoring goals and bringing in dazzling strikers can be more appealing, there is little you can do to improve your side more than finding a quality keeper.

How to choose the best goalkeepers (GK) in Football Manager 2020

This article will look at the very best goalkeepers in Football Manager 2020. There are no age or nationality restrictions here. We just want the best keeper possible.

We will sort them not by star rating or any stat but by current ability (CA). This is the only way to truly see which players are amazing and which are not. Remember, star ratings only show how good a player is relative to your team, not relative to the whole of world football.

So who are the best goalkeepers FM20 has to offer?

Manuel Neuer (CA 176 – PA 193)

Age: 33

Club: FC Bayern

Country: Germany

Best Attributes: 20 composure, 20 rushing out, 19 throwing

Value: £44 million

Wage: £250,000 a week

It might come as a surprise to see Manuel Neuer still atop the goalkeeper mountain, but here the German is. He began his career at Schalke in 2004, moving into their first team in 2006 and soon his performances were making headlines. He was Germany’s first-choice keeper for the 2010 World Cup and moved to Bayern in 2011. The rest is a dominant history of trophies, clean sheets, and remarkable play.

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In Football Manager 2020 Neuer is spectacular. With 20 composure, 20 rushing out, and 19 anticipation little happens without him seeing it. His 16 decisions and 13 passing make him a strong sweeper keeper, while he also possesses 17 command of area and 16 strength. At 33 he is rounding into the end of his career, but he is still a force between the posts.

Alisson (CA 173 – PA 180)

Age: 26

Club: Liverpool

Country: Brazil

Best Attributes: 19 determination, 18 reflexes, 18 composure

Value: £55 million

Wage: £120,000 a week

Alisson began his career at Internacional in Brazil and arrived in Europe with Roma in 2016. He didn’t stay there long, as Liverpool snapped him up in 2018 for a massive £67 million in 2018. He has also become Brazil’s #1.

Alisson has 19 determination, 18 composure, and 18 reflexes in FM20, making him an extremely effective shot-stopper. He also has 18 kicking and 16 passing to be a key distributor and excellent at turning defence into attack.

David De Gea (CA 172 – PA 183)

Age: 28

Club: Man United

Country: Spain

Best Attributes: 20 reflexes, 18 agility, 18 handling

Value: £54 million

Wage: £350,000 a week

David De Gea came up through Atletico Madrid’s youth system and got his first-team debut with them in 2009. He quickly established himself as the #1 there before moving to Manchester United in 2011 for £19 million. De Gea quickly proved to be a bargain and has been Spain’s go-to choice in net too.

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In Football Manager de Gea is a superb player. His 20 reflexes, 18 agility, and 18 handling means not only can he get to basically any shot but he will rarely spill a save either. His 16 composure and 16 anticipation means he is usually in the right place, and he is good in the air with 16 aerial reach too. The biggest barrier to signing him is that lofty £350,000 a week wage bill.

Jan Oblak (CA 172 – PA 176)

Age: 26

Club: Atletico Madrid

Country: Slovenia

Best Attributes: 18 reflexes, 18 handling, 17 composure

Value: £50 million

Wage: £180,000 a week

Jan Oblak began his career at Olimpija Ljubljana but soon moved to Benfica in 2010. After lengthy loan spells he ended up at Atletico Madrid and hasn’t looked back. He has racked up over 200 appearances for them already and is firmly Slovenia’s #1 choice too.

Oblak is the most likely target for you as Atletico are often keen for cash and his wages are still relatively low. His 18 reflexes, 17 decisions, and 16 one on ones make him a superb shot-stopper, while 16 passing and 16 kicking allow him to get the ball out to his teammates quickly.

Ederson (CA 169 – PA 180)

Age: 25

Club: Man City

Country: Brazil

Best Attributes: 20 kicking, 18 bravery, 17 passing

Value: £52 million

Wage: £100,000 a week

Ederson started his career with Sao Paulo in Brazil but by 2009 was officially signed with Benfica. After playing a handful of seasons there his talent caught the eye of Manchester City, and in 2017 he made a £35 million move to England.

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Ederson is the perfect attacking goalkeeper in Football Manager. With 20 kicking, 17 passing, and 17 vision he can spot a pass and find his man quickly. He also has 17 composure, 16 concentration, and 16 reflexes to get to shots and keep his cool.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen (CA 168 – PA 183)

Age: 27

Club: Barcelona

Country: Germany

Best Attributes: 19 kicking, 18 reflexes, 18 composure

Value:  £47 million

Wage: £140,000 a week

Barcelona’s #1 is next on our list. Marc-Andre ter Stegen came up with Borussia Monchengladbach, playing over 100 games with them from 2010 to 2014 before Barcelona came calling and snapped him up for £10 million. Since then he has entrenched himself as the #2 for Germany and is taking aim at Neuer’s spot.

In FM20 ter Stegen is a well-rounded player. With 19 kicking, 18 reflexes, and 18 rushing out he can cover almost everything you need him to. He has 18 composure, 18 determination, and 17 anticipation which means he isn’t worried by the big occasion.

Wojciech Szczesny (CA 165 – PA 169)

Age: 29

Club: Zebre (Juventus)

Country: Poland

Best Attributes: 18 one on ones, 18 composure, 18 composure

Value: £44 million

Wage: £105,000 a week

Wojceich Szczesny started his career at Legia Warsaw, but moved to Arsenal in 2009 before making his first-team debut. Szczesny was very rocky in his time with Arsenal, and eventually moved to Juventus where he ended up taking over from the great Gianluigi Buffon and turning into a very good and reliable goalkeeper.

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In FM20 Szczesny is a strong choice in goal. His 18 one on ones, 18 handling, and 18 composure make him a sure shot-stopper. He is good against crosses with 16 aerial reach and 15 command of area. The only place he lacks a little is with 13 throwing and 12 passing.

Keylor Navas (CA 162 – PA 167)

Age: 32

Club: Paris Saint-Germain

Country: Costa Rica

Best Attributes: 19 reflexes, 18 concentration, 17 natural fitness

Value: £39.5 million

Wage: £200,000 a week

Keylor Navas started his career with Saprissa in 2005 and eventually ended up at Real Madrid in 2014. He was their #1 for a while until Thibaut Courtois arrived. In 2019 he moved to Paris Saint-Germain and became their starter.

Navas bring 19 reflexes, 18 concentration, and 16 one on ones, making him a strong goalkeeper. He has 16 punching but just 13 kicking and 9 passing, so if you are after a distributing keeper you should look elsewhere.

Thibaut Courtois (CA 162 – PA 183)

Age: 27

Club: Real Madrid

Country: Belgium

Best Attributes: 19 jumping, 18 aerial reach, 17 reflexes

Value: £49 million

Wage: £215,000 a week

Thibaut Courtois started his career with genk, but it didn’t take long until he was snapped up by Chelsea in 2011 for around £6 million. He spent a few years on loan at Atletico Madrid, picking up experience and waiting for the Chelsea #1 shirt to open up. When it did Courtois quickly established himself as one of the best before moving to Real Madrid in 2018.

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In Football Manager 2020 Courtois is a commanding goalkeeper. With 19 jumping, 18 aerial reach, and 16 command of area he is tough to beat on crosses and set pieces. He also has 17 one on ones and 17 reflexes.

Samir Handanovic (CA 160 – PA 164)

Age: 34

Club: Inter

Country: Slovenia

Best Attributes: 19 reflexes, 17 one on ones, 17 natural fitness

Value: £16.5 million

Wage: £98,000 a week

Samir Handanovic started his career with Domzale, but made his name at Udinese before making a 2012 move to Inter Milan for around £10 million and another player. There he developed into a world-class keeper.

In FM20 he has excellent 19 reflexes along with 17 one on ones, 16 positioning, and 16 handling. He is best at shot-stopping, but is solid in the air too with 16 jumping and 14 aerial reach. He only has 8 passing though.

All the best goalkeepers (GK) to sign

Manuel Neuer33FC BayernGermany176193£44m£250k
David De Gea28Man UtdSpain172183£54m£350k
Jan Oblak26A. MadridSlovenia172176£50m£180k
Ederson25Man CityBrazil169180£52m£100k
Marc-André ter Stegen27BarcelonaGermany168183£47m£140k
Wojciech Szczesny29ZebrePoland165169£44m£105k
Keylor Navas32Paris SGCosta Rica163167£39.5m£200k
Thibaut Courtois27R. MadridBelgium162183£49m£215k
Samir Handanovic34InterSlovenia160164£16.5m£98k
Kepa Arrizabalaga24ChelseaSpain15816735220000146422
Hugo Lloris32TottenhamFrance15717031698000£100k
Gianluigi Buffon41ZebreItaly157187328845037765
Gianluigi Donnarumma20MilanItaly15517028834500183857
Bernd Leno27ArsenalGermany15516333720000£100k
Salvatore Sirigu32TorinoItaly1541552412855052092
Rui Patrício31WolvesPortugal15315732220000100000
Anthony Lopes28OLPortugal1521542326436874282
Tomas Vaclik30SevillaCzech Republic1501522253750050574
Fernando Muslera33GalatasarayUruguay150160808439969664
Jasper Cillessen30ValenciaHolland1501552253750073952
Alphonse Areola26R. MadridFrance15015419418752138661
Thomas Strakosha24LazioAlbania1481571678050036771
Jordan Pickford25EvertonEngland14816836720000120000
André Onana23AjaxCameroon1471601645320616364
Sergio Asenjo29VillarrealSpain1471572253750041267
Alex Meret22NapoliItaly1461691483050030642
Steve Mandanda34OMFrance146154817416569330
Simon Mignolet31Club BruggeBelgium1461521162124764598
Lukasz Fabianski34West HamPoland1461541388416565000
Claudio Bravo36Man CityChile1451672677911114999
Pau López24RomaSpain1451601385550075530
Roman Bürki28Borussia DortmundSwitzerland1451452254050057775

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