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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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Peter Schmeichel Goalkeeper

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

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Lev Yashin Goalkeeper

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Oliver Kahn Goalkeeper

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Edwin van der Sar Goalkeeper

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Iker Casillas Goalkeeper

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Petr Čech Forward, Goalkeeper

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Dino Zoff Goalkeeper

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Sepp Maier Goalkeeper

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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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Gordon Banks Goalkeeper

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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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Jean-Marie Pfaff Goalkeeper

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

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Harald Schumacher Goalkeeper

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Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Thibaut Courtois Goalkeeper

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František Plánička is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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David Seaman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
David Seaman Goalkeeper

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Peter Shilton Goalkeeper

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René Higuita Goalkeeper

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Gianluca Pagliuca Goalkeeper

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Jorge Campos Forward, Goalkeeper

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Fabien Barthez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Fabien Barthez Goalkeeper

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Cláudio Taffarel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Cláudio Taffarel Goalkeeper

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Tim Howard is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Tim Howard Goalkeeper

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Rinat Dasayev Goalkeeper

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Hugo Lloris is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Hugo Lloris Goalkeeper

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Walter Zenga Goalkeeper

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Ronnie Hellström is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Ronnie Hellström Goalkeeper

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Ubaldo Fillol Goalkeeper

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Andoni Zubizarreta Goalkeeper

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Ricardo Zamora Goalkeeper

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Keylor Navas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Keylor Navas Goalkeeper

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Dida is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Dida Goalkeeper

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Claudio Bravo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Claudio Bravo Goalkeeper

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Pat Jennings is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Pat Jennings Goalkeeper

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Angelo Peruzzi Goalkeeper

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Bodo Illgner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Bodo Illgner Goalkeeper

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Jean-François Gillet is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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Víctor Valdés is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Víctor Valdés Goalkeeper

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Gylmar dos Santos Neves is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Gilmar Goalkeeper

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Ray Clemence Goalkeeper

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Júlio César Soares Espíndola is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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Brad Friedel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Brad Friedel Goalkeeper

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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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Hans van Breukelen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Hans van Breukelen Goalkeeper

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Marc-André ter Stegen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time