Goalkeepers are the most important members of the team as their conventional wisdom, strength and agility is put to test every now and then in order to keep a clean sheet in every game. Every team showcases the best goalie and has a second best as backup in the event of an injury to the first-choice keeper. However, major football clubs across Europe have been buying backup keepers who could easily start for other major clubs to have as a solid backup. It’s because of this recent purchase of goalkeepers that we’ve made this list of the top most valuable backup goalkeepers in club football.
5. Michel Vorm — Tottenham Hotspur ($8.8 million)
The Dutch goalie has been capped 15 times by his country – including his trip to the summer World Cup as a backup goal keeper but Michel Vorm’s recent signing with Tottenham Hotspur may come back to haunt him. With Hugo Lloris firmly rooted as Spurs’ number one man, and with evergreen American goalkeeper Brad Friedel still on their squad, Vorm may have a difficult time starting games at White Hart Lane. The former Swansea City keeper is rated at a market value of $8.8 million.
4. David Ospina — Arsenal ($10.3 million)
Following a great run by the Colombian national team to the quarterfinals of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, it’s clear that David Ospina needed to play for a bigger club than Nice in Ligue 1 – the club he had previously played with after moving overseas in 2008. However, Arsenal may not necessarily be the answer: although he’s clearly good enough to start for a major club, Ospina will likely have to fight for playing time with the Gunners’ longtime number one Wojciech Szczesny. With a market value of $10.3 million for Ospina, and the fact that he’s still young for a goalkeeper at 25 years of age, the competition could potentially be fierce.
3. Claudio Bravo — Barcelona ($11.6 million)
This hard work has paid off in the end, his role playing for the Chilean national team that made it past one of the World Cup’s groups of death, as well as the fact that he was the longtime number one for Real Sociedad, Bravo may not be satisfied to have to be part of a goalkeeping tandem. At 31 years of age, his market value of $11.6 million is still fairly high. He is currently in the starting role for Barcelona following the departure of Victor Valdez.
2. Keylor Navas — Real Madrid ($14.6 million)
Following his incredible performances for his country at the 2014 World Cup this summer were nothing short of sensational, and his role in Costa Rica’s run to the quarterfinals which was instrumental. Real Madrid cashed in big on the goalie, Keylor Navas is next to the veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
His market value of $14.6 million shows that he’s good enough to start for many big clubs.
1. Petr Cech — Chelsea ($24.9 million)
Although he’s been linked recently to loan spells at clubs like Paris Saint-Germain, Petr Cech currently remains a Chelsea player, but it looks as if he’ll have to settle for a backup role behind young Belgian goalkeeping phenom Thibaut Courtois.
He might be considering a move somewhere else if he doesn’t win his place back at Stamford Bridge. He’s still by far the most valuable backup goalkeeper with a market value of almost $25 million.