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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, 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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3,992 1,910
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3,376 2,103
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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2,229 1,540
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Lev Yashin Russia, Soviet Union

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2,253 1,706
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Peter Schmeichel Poland, Denmark

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2,142 1,451
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Oliver Kahn West Germany, Germany

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2,306 1,373
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1,641 1,297
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Edwin van der Sar Netherlands

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1,669 1,145
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Petr Čech Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia

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1,091 939
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Dino Zoff Italy

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827 915
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Sepp Maier Germany

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1,343 553
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
David de Gea Spain

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876 744
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Gordon Banks United Kingdom

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740 755
Michel Preud'homme is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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854 559
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
s98876 added Thibaut Courtois Belgium

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682 691
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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581 660
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Harald Schumacher West Germany, Germany

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619 662
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416 500
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Peter Shilton England

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455 456
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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433 453
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René Higuita Colombia

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370 447
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Jorge Campos Mexico

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668 456
Tim Howard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
AlexBele added Tim Howard United States of America

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313 449
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504 232
Hugo Lloris is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Hugo Lloris France

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321 439
František Plánička is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added František Plánička Austria-Hungary

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316 267
Dida is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Dida Brazil

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249 415
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288 297
Fabien Barthez is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
jwls1914 added Fabien Barthez France

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229 378
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Walter Zenga Italy

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227 269
Cláudio Taffarel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Cláudio Taffarel Brazil

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194 361
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Rinat Dasayev Soviet Union

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385 294
Keylor Navas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
_1443804229675 added Keylor Navas Costa Rica

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374 199
Guillermo Ochoa is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
mina.emad.milad100.100 added Guillermo Ochoa Mexico

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206 278
Pat Jennings is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Pat Jennings Northern Ireland

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154 298
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307 129
Marc-André ter Stegen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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153 308
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wiabux added Andoni Zubizarreta Spain

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170 333
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140 288
Ronnie Hellström is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
svea added Ronnie Hellström Sweden

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191 288
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Ubaldo Fillol Argentina

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221 335
Júlio César Soares Espíndola is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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312 372
Víctor Valdés is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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125 286
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Ray Clemence England

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199 226
Brad Friedel is listed (or ranked) 44 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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253 307
Claudio Bravo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Claudio Bravo Chile, Spain

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104 193
Bodo Illgner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Bodo Illgner Germany, Spain, West Germany

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125 242
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108 233
Jean-François Gillet is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
svea added Jean-François Gillet Belgium

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180 215
Gylmar dos Santos Neves is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Gilmar Brazil

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210 160
Joe Hart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
UnbreakableNacho added Joe Hart United Kingdom