What are they smoking over there?
France Football magazine and its pundits have had their say on the best goalkeepers in the world and you will be astonished at the results.
Manchester United’s David De Gea pulled out a string of world class saves and double saves in an unbelievable personal performance against Arsenal on Sunday.
Yet, people cannot decide on whether he is the best keeper in the world right now.
The Spanish keeper has been United’s best player for a couple of years now and is the only keeper to win the club’s player of the year award three years on the spin.
If that wasn’t enough, he’s won the Match of the Day Save of the Season for the last four years and has brought a new approach Premier League goalkeeping.
He has formed the foundations of Man United’s defence under Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho and has Premier League, Europa League, League Cup and FA Cup winners medals at home.
But he is the best in the world?
Not according to France Football’s panels of former shot stoppers.
According to Santiago Canizares, Lionel Letizi, Sepp Maier, Mark Schwarzer and Francesco Toldo, De Gea does not even rank in the top five keepers in the world.
Even Canizares, the only Spaniard on the panel, only put De Gea fifth – three places behind Keylor Navas.
Yes, the same Keylor Navas that Real Madrid have been trying to replace with De Gea for years.
Amalgamating all of the results, the FF panel put De Gea as the seventh best keeper in the world, behind Navas and only just ahead of Mac-Andre Ter Stegen and Samir Handanovic.
Manuel Neuer was first and that is fair seeing as he is a World Cup and Champions League winner and redefined the role of a goalkeeper – but seventh for De Gea?!
Seems to us like someone might have passing round a very strong cheese just before the votes were cast.