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Grêmio’s Dida ranked best Brazilian goalkeeper of 21st century

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Grêmio’s Dida has been ranked the best Brazilian goalkeeper of the 21st century by the International Football Federation of History & Statistics (IFFHS).

The former AC Milan and Seleção stopper is seventh on the overall list of goalkeepers, with Italian Gianluigi Buffon ranked number one.

Dida made 91 appearances for the Seleção before retiring in 2006 and spent a decade in Italy with the Rossoneri, where he won one Serie A title and two Champions League trophies.

The 39-year-old also represented Cruzeiro, Corinthians and Portuguesa before joining Grêmio in December, where he will compete in this year's Copa Libertadores.

Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Júlio César is the only other Brazilian in the top ten, in eighth, and São Paulo's Rogerio Ceni is 13th.

World Cup winner Marcos, Tottenham Hotspur's Gomes, Corinthians goalkeeper Cassio and Liverpool's Doni also made the top 50 list.

Top 10
1 - Gianluigi Buffon
2 - Iker Casillas
3 - Petr Cech
4 - Edwin Van der Sar
5 - Oliver Kahn
6 - Victor Valdés
7 - Dida
8 - Julio Cesar

9 - Jens Lehmann
10 - Roberto Abbondanzieri


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