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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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2,176 1,452
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Manuel Neuer West Germany, Germany

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1,576 1,215
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Peter Schmeichel Denmark, Poland

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1,516 1,087
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Lev Yashin Russia, Soviet Union

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1,482 1,084
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Oliver Kahn Germany, West Germany

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1,431 1,061
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1,157 994
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Edwin van der Sar Netherlands

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1,197 763
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Petr Čech Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia

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848 684
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Dino Zoff Italy

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681 629
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Sepp Maier Germany

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699 528
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Gordon Banks United Kingdom

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628 539
Michel Preud'homme is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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673 299
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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544 471
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558 483
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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482 484
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Harald Schumacher West Germany, Germany

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485 362
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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307 286
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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305 349
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Peter Shilton England

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265 293
František Plánička is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added František Plánička Austria-Hungary

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267 302
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René Higuita Colombia

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237 315
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181 298
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221 307
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Jorge Campos Mexico

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178 173
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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377 252
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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149 159
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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240 108
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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181 145
Dida is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Dida Brazil

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160 276
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Walter Zenga Italy

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142 268
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Rinat Dasayev Soviet Union

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124 209
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121 221
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wiabux added Andoni Zubizarreta Spain

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183 137
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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120 204
Ronnie Hellström is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
svea added Ronnie Hellström Sweden

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162 207
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Ubaldo Fillol Argentina

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134 258
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184 192
Claudio Bravo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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136 191
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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73 124
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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223 286
Víctor Valdés is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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94 156
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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154 152
Gylmar dos Santos Neves is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Gilmar Brazil

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115 47
Marc-André ter Stegen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
julian-matthias added Marc-André ter Stegen Germany

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156 263
Júlio César Soares Espíndola is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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93 220
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Ray Clemence England

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90 239
Timo Hildebrand is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Timo Hildebrand Germany, West Germany

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106 58
Joe Hart is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
UnbreakableNacho added Joe Hart United Kingdom

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140 157
Brad Friedel is listed (or ranked) 49 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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135 114
Guillermo Ochoa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
mina.emad.milad100.100 added Guillermo Ochoa Mexico