Things were not straightforward for the Costa Rican, as he spent three seasons on the bench as understudy to Gustavo Munua, only picking up the gloves at the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
Navas’ reflexes and shot-stopping are what have made him into the much sought after man he is now - something that he can expect to be repeatedly tested on in Brazil, as his stands behind one of the less formidable backlines.
His concentration means he suffers to few lapses in judgement or commit needless errors, as he has a great understanding of his surroundings and where he needs to be positioned, also being comfortable under the high ball.
This season I got the that confidence back you need to go out there and enjoy football. Playing in every game leads to improvement and that has helped be show my best form.
– Levante goalkeeper Keylor Navas speaking to LFP
Coming up against England, Italy and Uruguay will be a serious test for the Central Americans, who are expected to leave the tournament without a point to their name, but the active Navas will be doing his best to prevent that.
As the shots will be raining in on the Costa Rican goal, it will give Navas sufficient chance to impress any scouts looking for a new No.1, with the goalkeeper admitting he is open to a move away if a bigger club makes an offer for his services.
Even if Costa Rica are eliminated early on, Navas will thrive on the chance to show what he can do on the world stage, even if he’s only afforded 270 minutes to do so, and he’s more than capable of doing so.