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Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak: Not just 'a guy with gloves'

Atletico star Oblak says respect for 'keepers long overdue; confirms $160m release clause

Goalkeeper Jan Oblak has played a key role in Europa League holders Atletico Madrid's recent success, keeping 68 clean sheets in 116 domestic games.
Goalkeeper Jan Oblak has played a key role in Europa League holders Atletico Madrid's recent success, keeping 68 clean sheets in 116 domestic games.PHOTO: LALIGA

Goalkeepers seldom find themselves in the limelight - unless they make superlative saves like Belgium's Thibaut Courtois at the World Cup in Russia, or commit glaring mistakes like Liverpool's Loris Karius in the Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid last season.

It is also worth noting that no goalkeeper has been voted the best player on the planet while only one, Russian legend Lev Yashin in 1963, has won the European accolade.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 29, 2018, with the headline 'Not just 'a guy with gloves''. Subscribe