Over the years, Atletico Madrid are renowned in producing, selling and receiving benefits from competent forwards, such as Fernando Torres, Sergio Agüero, Radamel Falcao and Antoine Griezmann. In addition, they also adept at seeking and cultivating the best strikers in the world. In the mean time, plenty of goalkeepers produced by the Spanish side has gone under the radar.
In recent years, football fans of Atletico Madrid are privileged to witness David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois. At present, Slovenian Jan Oblak takes the posts for Los Rojiblancos. In the end, the side owns the best goalkeeper in the world now.
His home town Škofja Loka is an academic, economic and cultural center of Upper Carniola, in which only 12,ooo people lived in there. Before ten years old, he joined the academy of Olimpija, Ločan in his hometown. Although some problems at national level led to dissolution 18 months later, he found an opportunity to continue his progress with a new football team. At that time, then manager claimed that he punished his first-choice goalkeeper and gave younger namesake. Branko said,”He has not admitted that he was not a forward-looking person.
Praises from former Slovenia manager on his attitude and personality, Jan received benefits from those praises and grown into a world-class footballer. Branko expressed his impression of the shotstopper in an interview with AS. He said that Jan has been a relaxed and mature kid. If not striking attributes, the manager wouldn’t have pick up a footballer aged 16. It was not a coincidence. I took him as the best football player on the pitch after the third game against Maribor. Besides, his performances in pitches also gradually took a striking figure. He spared no efforts to leave himself becoming an excellent world-class goalkeeper. It was obvious that Oblack tried his best to training himself. He also dedicated his efforts to ply his trade at local football club. Prior to move to Empoli in 2009, he has played 34 league games.
In spite of many contracts and opportunities in front of him, Oblak hope he could find an opportunity to England and would like to trail for Fulham in Premiere League. However, Branko trust the young talent unwaveringly, strongly believing that Jan’s joining would be benefit to both parties.
He transferred to Portugal side in 2010 while he seldom settled in Lisbon ahead of being loaned out for one season. Following the loan, he was loaned out for many times. It was the first-choice Artur Moraes’s injury that he won the opportunity to prove his value to the side. In 24 football matches, six goals conceded while one goal conceded in a twelve months stint. Since then, he has proved the value of himself and proved his ability.
The current manager of Wolves Nuno Esprito Santo controlled Rio Ave in Oblak’s stint and praised him for pre-eminent talents.
He was forged as the most expensive goalkeeper in 2014, receiving training with Diego Simeone. It’s known that Diego Simeone is ability enough to lift footballers to a higher level.