Dave the unsung hero: The rise of David de Gea
David de Gea makes world class saves look easy and ordinary. His reflexes enable him to use his whole body to defend his goal and make him impossible to beat in a one on one eventuality, writes Ananya Das.
A few years back, many believed that goalkeeping was a thankless job. No one really talked about the goalies standing in front of the post and even if they did manage to salvage an entire game, the strikers or the midfielders would sometimes take all the credit. The culture of ignoring the hard work of the goalkeepers ended when truly world class players like Peter Schmeichel, Oliver Kahn or Gianluigi Buffon came up and about, and people realised just how good these players were, hence appreciating the position they were stationed at. In all of this, if there is one player in recent times that has come up to become the world's greatest, it is David de Gea of Manchester United.