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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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2,361 1,527
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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1,672 1,302
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Peter Schmeichel Denmark, Poland

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1,617 1,147
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Lev Yashin Russia, Soviet Union

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1,570 1,140
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Oliver Kahn Germany, West Germany

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1,541 1,104
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1,219 1,045
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Edwin van der Sar Netherlands

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1,266 817
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Petr Čech Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia

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889 718
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Dino Zoff Italy

10
705 672
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Sepp Maier Germany

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767 331
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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731 567
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Gordon Banks United Kingdom

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640 571
Michel Preud'homme is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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579 512
Jens Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Jens Lehmann West Germany, Germany

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554 502
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497 515
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Harald Schumacher West Germany, Germany

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526 388
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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325 373
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Peter Shilton England

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327 313
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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274 317
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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251 338
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282 326
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René Higuita Colombia

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194 314
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283 128
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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231 331
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Jorge Campos Mexico

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195 194
Fabien Barthez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
jwls1914 added Fabien Barthez France

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413 284
Tim Howard is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
AlexBele added Tim Howard United States of America

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165 178
Cláudio Taffarel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Cláudio Taffarel Brazil

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200 163
Dida is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Dida Brazil

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172 294
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Walter Zenga Italy

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150 284
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Rinat Dasayev Soviet Union

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131 224
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208 163
Keylor Navas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
_1443804229675 added Keylor Navas Costa Rica

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126 240
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wiabux added Andoni Zubizarreta Spain

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124 222
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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143 273
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168 222
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Ubaldo Fillol Argentina

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150 201
Pat Jennings is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Pat Jennings Northern Ireland

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199 214
Claudio Bravo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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237 300
Víctor Valdés is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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78 139
Bodo Illgner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Bodo Illgner Spain, West Germany, Germany

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143 61
Marc-André ter Stegen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
julian-matthias added Marc-André ter Stegen Germany

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100 170
Jean-François Gillet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
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162 166
Gylmar dos Santos Neves is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Gilmar Brazil

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164 274
Júlio César Soares Espíndola is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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97 229
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Ray Clemence England

47
95 250
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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146 122
Guillermo Ochoa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
mina.emad.milad100.100 added Guillermo Ochoa Mexico

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150 168
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

50
122 79
Joe Hart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
UnbreakableNacho added Joe Hart United Kingdom