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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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Peter Schmeichel Poland, Denmark

3
1,998 1,375
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Manuel Neuer Germany, West Germany

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1,418 1,031
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Lev Yashin Russia, Soviet Union

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1,391 1,029
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Oliver Kahn Germany, West Germany

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1,091 938
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Edwin van der Sar Netherlands

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1,327 1,015
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1,110 721
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Petr Čech Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia

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804 643
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Dino Zoff Italy

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648 591
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Sepp Maier Germany

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611 491
Michel Preud'homme is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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669 487
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Gordon Banks United Kingdom

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579 266
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
David de Gea Spain

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532 433
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542 447
Jens Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Jens Lehmann West Germany, Germany

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467 452
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Harald Schumacher Germany, West Germany

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434 336
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
s98876 added Thibaut Courtois Belgium

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284 258
David Seaman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Reilcan Jones added David Seaman England

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258 269
František Plánička is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added František Plánička Austria-Hungary

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287 325
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Peter Shilton England

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225 291
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247 284
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René Higuita Colombia

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173 277
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208 289
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Jorge Campos Mexico

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166 154
Fabien Barthez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
jwls1914 added Fabien Barthez France

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351 226
Tim Howard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
AlexBele added Tim Howard United States of America

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133 141
Cláudio Taffarel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Cláudio Taffarel Brazil

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207 89
Hugo Lloris is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Hugo Lloris France

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136 254
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Rinat Dasayev Soviet Union

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151 262
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Walter Zenga Italy

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168 130
Dida is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Dida Brazil

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117 197
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117 190
Ronnie Hellström is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
svea added Ronnie Hellström Sweden

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162 116
Keylor Navas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
_1443804229675 added Keylor Navas Costa Rica

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113 209
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wiabux added Andoni Zubizarreta Spain

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159 195
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Ubaldo Fillol Argentina

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125 246
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168 172
Claudio Bravo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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130 178
Pat Jennings is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Pat Jennings Northern Ireland

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68 111
Bodo Illgner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Bodo Illgner Spain, West Germany, Germany

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211 273
Víctor Valdés is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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90 142
Jean-François Gillet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
svea added Jean-François Gillet Belgium

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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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143 250
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 England

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137 142
Brad Friedel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
mina.emad.milad100.100 added Brad Friedel United States of America, Germany

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87 226
Timo Hildebrand is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Timo Hildebrand West Germany, Germany

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87 33
Marc-André ter Stegen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
julian-matthias added Marc-André ter Stegen Germany

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69 49
Bert Trautmann is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Bert Trautmann Germany

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48 116
Hans van Breukelen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Proboscis added Hans van Breukelen Netherlands