David De Gea Manchester United goalie ranked 7th in the world by France Football Magazine

The panellists ranked Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer as the best goalkeeper in the world.

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David De Gea knows Manchester United are unlikely to win the title, but having the goal of reeling in Chelsea could bring the added benefit of boosting their bid to qualify for the Champions League play David De Gea has been instrumental to United's title hopes this season (AFP/File)
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David De Gea may have equalled the existing record with his 14 saves against Arsenal on Sunday but he could only get 7th place in a new ranking of the world’s best goalkeepers.

The Spaniard was ranked 7th in a list compiled by a panel of experts in a poll for France Football magazine this week.

The panel was made up of former goalkeeping greats; Santiago Canizares, Lionel Letizi, Sepp Maier, Mark Schwarzer and Francesco Toldo.

The panel did not show as much love to De Gea as many fans of the Premier League may have expected. Fellow Premier League shot-stoppers, Hugo Lloris and Thibaut Courtois were ranked above him.

(From L) Manchester United's Daley Blind, Nemanja Matic and David De Gea celebrate after their UEFA Champions League Group A match against CSKA Moscow, in Moscow, on September 27, 2017 play Manchester United's Daley Blind and Nemanja Matc congratulate David De Gea after a good game. (AFP/File)

Manuel Neuer takes the podium

France Football used a scoring system identical to the Ballon d’Or award the magazine also runs. Unsurprisingly, Manuel Neuer of Germany and Bayern Munich ranked first; all five panellists put him at the top of their lists, earning him the maximum 30 points.

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He was followed by veteran Gianluigi Buffon in second with 13 points.

Chelsea’s Belgian giant, Courtois came in third, with nine points.

Jan Oblak and Hugo Lloris tied in fourth place, with seven points each.

play David De Gea makes an incredible double save to deny Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez (WIBR.com)

Real Madrid’s Keylor Navas was in sixth place with 5 points, one more than David De Gea who could only get a seventh-place ranking.

The list is rounded off by Barcelona’s Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Inter Milan’s Samir Handanovic.

Not too many De Gea fans

Former Italy and Inter Milan keeper, Francesco Toldo was the only panellist to put De Gea at his top three.

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The Spaniard's heroics against Arsenal were not enough for Letizi, Maier and Schwarzer who did not name in their top fives at all.

De Gea watched from the touchline yesterday as Manchester United came from behind to win 2–1 at CSKA Moscow courtesy of goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford.

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