Keylor Navas: Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Real Madrid's Keylor Navas has been voted UEFA Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season.
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Keylor Navas has been named UEFA Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season for 2017/18.
The Real Madrid keeper picked up the award on stage in Monaco during the 2018/19 group stage draw. The accolade capped a memorable campaign for the 31-year-old, who played all but two games of Madrid's third straight UEFA Champions League triumph. He had started the season with wins in the UEFA Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup, and ended it between the posts with Costa Rica at the FIFA World Cup.
Goalkeeper of the Season top ten
1 Keylor Navas (Real Madrid) – 222 points
2 Alisson Becker (Liverpool/Roma) – 197 points
3 Gianluigi Buffon (Paris/Juventus) – 92 points
4 Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona) – 47 points
5 Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea, now Real Madrid) – 28 points
6 Ederson (Manchester City) – 26 points
7 Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) – 18 points
8 Jan Oblak (Atlético) – 16 points
9 David de Gea (Manchester United) – 7 points
10 Sven Ulreich (Bayern) – 5 points
Navas' season in numbers
Honours: UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup
Individual accolades: UEFA Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season, UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season
Clean sheets: 2
Goals conceded: 13
"Keepers stand up to be counted in big games like these. It was a difficult second leg and he gave us so much; he gave us life."
Former coach Zinédine Zidane after Madrid beat Bayern in last season's semi-finals
"He's a keeper that I love. He's won three consecutive Champions League titles, earned us lots of points and ensured we win games – but above all I'd praise him as a person."
Team-mate Dani Carvajal
How Navas was chosen
These awards were introduced last year to recognise the season's best player in each position in Europe's premier club competition. The jury comprised the coaches of the 32 clubs in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage, together with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, representing each of UEFA's member associations. Coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own teams.
Jury members chose their top three players per position, with the first receiving five points, the second three and the third one. The three players who got the most points in each category made up the final shortlist. Buffon was named Goalkeeper of the Season for 2016/17.