STA, 13 November 2018 - Slovenia's Jan Oblak has been named the best goalkeeper in the Spanish premier football league La Liga in the 2017/2018 season, which is the third time in a row that the 25-year-old from Škofja Loka, who plays for Atletico Madrid, received the Zamora Trophy conferred by the Spanish daily sport newspaper Marca.
Oblak joined the Spanish side in the 2014/15 season, when he signed a six-year contract worth EUR 16m to become the fifth highest-paid goalkeeper in history, the highest-paid Slovenian football player ever and the highest-paid goalkeeper in La Liga.
He received his first Zamora Trophy, named after goalkeeper Ricardo Zamora, in the 2015/16 season, when he conceded only 18 goals in 38 matches, defending the title in the next season, when he received 21 goals in 29 matches.
In the past season in the Spanish first division, he played in 37 matches for Atletico Madrid to concede only 22 goals for a 0.59 ratio, which was far above the rest of the goalkeeper competition.
With his third title of the best goalkeeper in the Spanish first division, Oblak equalised with Zamora himself and five other goalkeeping legends. The Slovenian is now only behind Juan Acuna and Santiago Canizares (4) and Victor Valdes and Antoni Ramallets (5).
Only two other players received three trophies in a row, with Arconada winning the accolade between the 1979/80 and 1981/82 seasons and Valdes between the 2007/08 and the 2011/12 seasons.