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Barcelona star Claudio Bravo braced for prestigious Zamora award

Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo has kept 23 clean sheets in La Liga this season.

Barcelona shot-stopper Claudio Bravo is primed to collect the prestigious Zamora award – a trophy given to the goalkeeper who has conceded the least amount of goals over the course of the campaign.

The award last season went to Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois for his part in Atletico Madrid’s remarkable La Liga triumph, but the Belgian’s impressive record has been smashed by Bravo this season.

The Chile international, a summer import from Real Sociedad, has been the Catalans’ designated La Liga number one, with fellow shot-stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen competing in Europe.

His presence has contributed to a number of record-breaking feats, including his current tally of 19 goals conceded being the fewest total recorded since 1994.

Moreover, his 23 Spanish top-flight clean sheets to date have already surpassed the club record of 20 and unless Deportivo score at least 11 goals at the Nou Camp on Saturday, the Zamora trophy will follow.

It has been an incredible achievement from Bravo, especially considering the pressure of replacing Victor Valdes who left the club on a free transfer last summer and later signed for Manchester United.

The 32-year-old has conceded an average of just 0.51 goals per La Liga encounter, a figure which places him alongside Paco Liano and Victor Valdes as the best in history.

It has been a wonderful debut season for Bravo, and it could get better with the club aiming to complete a historic treble as Copa Del Rey and Champions League finals await in the coming weeks.

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