Soccer The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time  

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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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4,228 2,087
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2
2,441 1,826
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Poland, Denmark

3
2,428 1,659
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Russia, Soviet Union

4
3,583 2,250
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
West Germany, Germany

5
2,523 1,445
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6
2,300 1,536
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Germany, West Germany

7
1,771 1,380
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Netherlands

8
1,776 1,241
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Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia

9
1,189 1,006
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Italy

10
873 1,010
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Germany

11
957 799
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United Kingdom

12
1,489 650
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Spain

13
770 827
Michel Preud'homme is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

14
953 658
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
s98876 added Belgium

15
720 764
Jens Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
West Germany, Germany

16
609 724
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Germany, West Germany

17
641 727
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18
463 551
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England

19
500 516
David Seaman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Reilcan Jones added England

20
477 519
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Colombia

21
405 511
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Mexico

22
726 530
Tim Howard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
AlexBele added United States of America

23
326 501
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24
330 481
František Plánička is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Austria-Hungary

25
354 306
Dida is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Brazil

26
580 295
Hugo Lloris is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added France

27
270 451
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28
320 334
Fabien Barthez is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
jwls1914 added France

29
254 407
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Italy

30
244 300
Cláudio Taffarel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Brazil

31
437 340
Keylor Navas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
_1443804229675 added Costa Rica

32
202 398
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Soviet Union

33
428 237
Guillermo Ochoa is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
mina.emad.milad100.100 added Mexico

34
227 307
Pat Jennings is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Northern Ireland

35
167 332
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36
368 153
Marc-André ter Stegen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

37
169 331
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wiabux added Spain

38
184 358
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39
145 319
Ronnie Hellström is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
svea added Sweden

40
203 314
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Argentina

41
333 400
Víctor Valdés is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

42
141 310
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England

43
232 368
Júlio César Soares Espíndola is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

44
211 253
Brad Friedel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
mina.emad.milad100.100 added United States of America, Germany

45
273 343
Claudio Bravo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

46
115 218
Bodo Illgner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Germany, Spain, West Germany

47
248 192
Joe Hart is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
UnbreakableNacho added United Kingdom, England

48
117 260
Jean-François Gillet is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
svea added Belgium

49
132 268
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50
115 330
Timo Hildebrand is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
West Germany, Germany