The world of soccer players still likes Iker Casillas a great deal, while many of us are left rolling our eyes at the shortlist of players in the running for the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2014.
Many expect Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer to ease to a win, so the inclusion of Real Madrid keeper Casillas provides us with a decent talking point; How did a man who lived through an embarrassing World Cup and has just reclaimed his No. 1 gig for his club make the list?
Casillas won the award five times from 2008-12, so perhaps players were struggling for names on their ballot and thought, “He’s usually good.” Also on the list are Chelsea’s Thibault Courtois, Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon and Barcelona’s Claudio Bravo.
Consider that even his most notable accomplishment, winning the UEFA Champions League final, comes with a goofy goalkeeping blunder.
Certainly keepers like David De Gea, Tim Howard, Wojciech Szczesny, Hugo Lloris and Salvatore Sirigu are scratching their heads.