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The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time 

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Updated April 11, 2020 124.8k votes 14.5k voters 122.6k views 230 items

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, or even the best goalkeeper in the world. There are plenty of solid choices here, so you really can't go wrong.

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Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Goalkeeper from Gelsenkirchen, Germany
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Goalkeeper from Carrara, Italy
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Goalkeeper from Moscow, Russia
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Goalkeeper from Karlsruhe, Germany
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Goalkeeper from Móstoles, Spain
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Goalkeeper from Gladsaxe Municipality, Denmark
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Goalkeeper from Voorhout, Netherlands
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David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Goalkeeper from Madrid, Spain
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Forward and Goalkeeper from Pilsen, Czech Republic
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Goalkeeper from Mariano del Friuli, Italy
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Goalkeeper from Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Goalkeeper from Metten, Germany
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Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
s98876 added Goalkeeper from Bree, Belgium
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Jean-Marie Pfaff Goalkeeper from Lebbeke, Belgium
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Hugo Lloris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Goalkeeper from Nice, France
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Michel Preud'homme is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Goalkeeper from Seraing, Belgium
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Tim Howard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
AlexBele added Goalkeeper from North Brunswick Township, New Jersey
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Keylor Navas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
_1443804229675 added Goalkeeper from Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica
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Goalkeeper from Leicester, United Kingdom
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Jens Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Jens Lehmann Goalkeeper from Essen, Germany
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Guillermo Ochoa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
mina.emad.milad100.100 added Guillermo Ochoa Goalkeeper from Guadalajara, Mexico
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Goalkeeper from Medellín, Colombia
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Jan Tomaszewski is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
wiabux added Goalkeeper from Wrocław, Poland
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David Seaman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Reilcan Jones added Goalkeeper from Rotherham, United Kingdom
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Gyula Grosics is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
tibor-sedlak added Goalkeeper from Dorog, Hungary