It takes a truly unique individual to don the gloves and stand between the sticks. Goalkeepers have something a little different in their make-up: they wear different jerseys to everyone else, they are always the sole player in their position in the starting XI, and they are usually one of only two or three in an entire club or national team squad.
Despite their special status, the guardians of the goal have often been overlooked when it comes to awards, or meaningful recognition. They do not appear in the headlines as frequently as their attacking team-mates, as keeping clean sheets is less attention-grabbing than scoring goals.
However, that all changed at the 2017 The Best FIFA Football Awards. In London last year, Gianluigi Buffon was named the inaugural The Best FIFA Goalkeeper, in recognition of his outstanding season for Juventus and the Italian national team.
From a final shortlist to be compiled by FIFA, a panel of FIFA Legends will vote for the winner, based on their achievements during the period from 3 July 2017 to 15 July 2018 inclusive. The victor will be revealed at The Best FIFA Football Awards show in London on 24 September.