World’s best goalkeeper to be awarded brand new ‘Yachine’ trophy

World’s best goalkeeper to be awarded brand new ‘Yachine’ trophy after Ballon d’Or organisers announce unique accolade

  • The best goalkeeper in the world will be awarded the ‘Yachine’ trophy
  • The award is named after former Soviet Union keeper Lev Yashin
  • Yashin is the only goalkeeper to have won the prestigious award, in 1963
  • The Ballon d’Or was voted for by journalists, but now players and coaches vote 

Award organisers France Football magazine have announced the creation of a new award to pay homage to the world’s best goalkeeper. 

The best keeper in the world will be awarded the ‘Yachine’ trophy, named after former Soviet keeper Lev Yashin, during the Ballon d’Or ceremony, the organisers said on Thursday.

Yashin, who played for the Soviet Union for 13 years from 1954-67, is the only keeper to have won the Ballon d’Or award, in 1963.

Alisson Becker is likely to be shortlisted after winning the best goalkeeper of last season’s Champions League

The prestigious award was originally given to Europe’s best player and voted for by journalists across the continent.

It is now a global award with coaches and captains of national teams given a vote each as well.

France Football said the list of 10 nominees for the keeper award would be unveiled on Oct. 21. Premier League clubs may feature on the list after strong seasons from Liverpool’s Alisson Becker and Manchester City’s Ederson. 

Man City goalkeeper Ederson is also likely to be in contention after a strong showing in the Premier League

In more recent times, the award has been dominated by attacking players. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo have both dominated proceedings over the course of the past decade or so. 

Only last year did we see that dominance break when Real Madrid midfielder picked up the golden ball for his performances in the Champions League and World Cup.  

The Ballon d’Or ceremony will be held on Dec. 2.  

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