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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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2,076 1,402
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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1,493 1,171
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Peter Schmeichel Denmark, Poland

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1,454 1,054
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Lev Yashin Russia, Soviet Union

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1,423 1,053
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Oliver Kahn West Germany, Germany

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1,364 1,029
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1,122 959
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Edwin van der Sar Netherlands

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1,145 734
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Petr Čech Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia

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815 661
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Dino Zoff Italy

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659 608
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Sepp Maier Germany

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676 507
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Gordon Banks United Kingdom, England

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615 512
Michel Preud'homme is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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614 276
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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536 451
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547 463
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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468 469
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Harald Schumacher West Germany, Germany

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456 347
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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294 339
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Peter Shilton England

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290 274
David Seaman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Reilcan Jones added David Seaman England

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261 281
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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232 305
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258 294
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René Higuita Colombia

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177 289
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216 299
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Jorge Campos Mexico

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171 165
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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359 240
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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139 154
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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221 97
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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175 138
Dida is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Dida Brazil

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158 268
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Walter Zenga Italy

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139 261
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Rinat Dasayev Soviet Union

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119 203
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117 215
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wiabux added Andoni Zubizarreta Spain

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117 198
Ronnie Hellström is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
svea added Ronnie Hellström Sweden

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167 127
Keylor Navas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
_1443804229675 added Keylor Navas Costa Rica

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159 203
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Ubaldo Fillol Argentina

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130 252
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175 181
Claudio Bravo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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72 118
Bodo Illgner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Bodo Illgner Germany, Spain, West Germany

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131 187
Pat Jennings is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Pat Jennings Northern Ireland

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218 280
Víctor Valdés is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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92 149
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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150 146
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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148 257
Júlio César Soares Espíndola is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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91 214
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Ray Clemence England

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101 39
Marc-André ter Stegen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
julian-matthias added Marc-André ter Stegen Germany

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96 43
Joe Hart is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
UnbreakableNacho added Joe Hart United Kingdom, England

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88 234
Timo Hildebrand is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Timo Hildebrand West Germany, Germany

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138 149
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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71 55
Bert Trautmann is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Bert Trautmann Germany