Poland progressed through Group C of the World Cup on four points, only behind favourites Argentina. The Juventus number one takes the goalkeeper spot with a portfolio of vital saves to his name, including two penalty saves. Szczesny made 19 saves across the group stage games, which was the highest in the competition.
The ex-Arsenal man kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw vs Mexico in their opener, he also denied his opposition in the second game which was a 2-0 win against Saudi Arabia, Saving a penalty in the 46th minute when his side were 1-0 up.
Then, the 32-year-old was tasked with keeping Argentina’s Lionel Messi out from the spot, which he did successfully. He made 9 saves in the 2-0 defeat and single-handedly kept Poland’s goal difference intact, which was the eventual deciding factor as they qualified for the round of 16 on goal difference ahead of Mexico.