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Strikers much of the glory, but the foundation of many soccer teams is built on the strength of having an outstanding goalkeeper. The best goalies are the biggest difference makers in soccer. They can help cover the warts of an average team by their ability to prevent other teams from scoring, which gives their team the best possible chance at winning. After all, if a great goalie can prevent a team from scoring, then their team has a great shot of scratching out the one goal necessary to win a match or even a competition. The best goalies can literally save the day for their team, especially during high pressure moments like breakaways and penalty kicks. The best soccer goalies often times are taken for granted because of their steadiness and the stability they provide for a team's defense.

The best soccer goalies can literally elevate their teams. Real Madrid's Iker Casillas, Chelsea's Petr Cech and former Manchester United keeper Edwin van der Sar are all considered the best goalies of the past few decades and their clubs have the trophies to prove it. Gordon Banks is long considered one of the best goalies in the history of the game. Banks is revered in his native England due to his contributions to the 1966 World Cup winning squad, the country's only title in the world's biggest competition.

Vote for the goalie who you consider to be the best of all time. There are plenty of solid choices here, so you really can't go wrong.

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Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

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1,450 1,121
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Peter Schmeichel Goalkeeper

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1,986 1,373
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

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1,417 1,027
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Lev Yashin Goalkeeper

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1,388 1,027
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Oliver Kahn Goalkeeper

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1,090 935
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Edwin van der Sar Goalkeeper

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1,321 1,015
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Iker Casillas Goalkeeper

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1,104 720
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Petr Čech Forward, Goalkeeper

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802 641
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Dino Zoff Goalkeeper

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647 589
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Sepp Maier Goalkeeper

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611 489
Michel Preud'homme is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Michel Preud'homme Goalkeeper

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668 484
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Gordon Banks Goalkeeper

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572 266
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
David de Gea Goalkeeper

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532 430
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Jean-Marie Pfaff Goalkeeper

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542 444
Jens Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Jens Lehmann Goalkeeper

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467 449
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Harald Schumacher Goalkeeper

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432 334
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
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282 254
David Seaman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
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František Plánička is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
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Peter Shilton Goalkeeper

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225 288
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246 282
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René Higuita Goalkeeper

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173 276
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Gianluca Pagliuca Goalkeeper

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207 288
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Jorge Campos Forward, Goalkeeper

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166 151
Fabien Barthez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
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349 224
Tim Howard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
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133 138
Cláudio Taffarel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
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203 88
Hugo Lloris is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
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136 253
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Rinat Dasayev Goalkeeper

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151 261
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Walter Zenga Goalkeeper

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168 129
Dida is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
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117 188
Ronnie Hellström is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
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117 196
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Ricardo Zamora Goalkeeper

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158 115
Keylor Navas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
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Ubaldo Fillol Goalkeeper

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125 244
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Angelo Peruzzi Goalkeeper

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166 170
Claudio Bravo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Claudio Bravo Goalkeeper

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129 177
Pat Jennings is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Pat Jennings Goalkeeper

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67 110
Bodo Illgner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
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90 141
Jean-François Gillet is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
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211 272
Víctor Valdés is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Víctor Valdés Goalkeeper

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148 140
Gylmar dos Santos Neves is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
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143 249
Júlio César Soares Espíndola is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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88 206
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Ray Clemence Goalkeeper

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137 142
Brad Friedel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
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87 225
Timo Hildebrand is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Timo Hildebrand Goalkeeper

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Bert Trautmann is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Bert Trautmann Goalkeeper

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84 33
Marc-André ter Stegen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
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119 102
Guillermo Ochoa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
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