39-year-old Italian icon Gigi Buffon is still the world’s best goalkeeper, says Bosnich
Spanish star De Gea received widespread acclaim for his goalkeeping masterclass in the Red Devils’s recent victory over Arsenal, where his 14 saves – a joint Premier League record – were crucial to United’s massive 3-1 win over their top-four rivals.
A host of pundits and former professionals, as well as fans, claimed his sensational display against the Gunners proves De Gea is now the top goalkeeper in world football.
But Bosnich has told talkSPORT the 27-year-old still has a way to go to eclipse 39-year-old icon Buffon.
“I think De Gea would definitely be in the top-three,” the ex-United, Chelsea and Aston Villa shot-stopper told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“He was absolutely outstanding against Arsenal. Making 14 saves – it was a really great performance from David de Gea and you if you’re going to win a title you need a goalkeeper who is going to save 20 or 25 points a season. There is no team who has won a title without a great goalkeeper between the sticks.
“But, you’ve got to think of Gigi Buffon, regardless of his age. He came in fourth place for the FIFA Best Player awards this year and was awarded the Best Goalkeeper award.
“I know we don’t see him play as much as Premier League goalkeepers, but I’d still have Buffon ahead of De Gea as number one.”