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.
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)
Club: FC Bayern
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.
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)
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)
Club: Man United
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.
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)
Club: Atletico Madrid
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)
Club: Man City
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)
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)
Club: Zebre (Juventus)
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.
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)
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)
Club: Real Madrid
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)
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 Neuer||33||FC Bayern||Germany||176||193||£44m||£250k|
|David De Gea||28||Man Utd||Spain||172||183||£54m||£350k|
|Jan Oblak||26||A. Madrid||Slovenia||172||176||£50m||£180k|
|Marc-André ter Stegen||27||Barcelona||Germany||168||183||£47m||£140k|
|Keylor Navas||32||Paris SG||Costa Rica||163||167||£39.5m||£200k|
|Thibaut Courtois||27||R. Madrid||Belgium||162||183||£49m||£215k|
|Tomas Vaclik||30||Sevilla||Czech Republic||150||152||22537500||50574|
|Alphonse Areola||26||R. Madrid||France||150||154||19418752||138661|
|Simon Mignolet||31||Club Brugge||Belgium||146||152||11621247||64598|
|Lukasz Fabianski||34||West Ham||Poland||146||154||13884165||65000|
|Claudio Bravo||36||Man City||Chile||145||167||2677911||114999|
|Roman Bürki||28||Borussia Dortmund||Switzerland||145||145||22540500||57775|