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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4,355 2,221
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2
2,579 1,910
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Poland, Denmark

3
2,530 1,728
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Russia, Soviet Union

4
3,711 2,332
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
West Germany, Germany

5
2,627 1,492
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6
2,397 1,578
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Germany, West Germany

7
1,830 1,425
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Netherlands

8
1,824 1,297
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Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia

9
1,230 1,050
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Italy

10
894 1,055
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Germany

11
1,008 832
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United Kingdom

12
1,574 696
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Spain

13
797 853
Michel Preud'homme is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

14
991 711
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
s98876 added Belgium

15
740 794
Jens Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
West Germany, Germany

16
619 752
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Germany, West Germany

17
654 752
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18
482 577
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England

19
518 542
David Seaman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Reilcan Jones added England

20
502 543
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Colombia

21
765 558
Tim Howard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
AlexBele added United States of America

22
614 328
Hugo Lloris is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added France

23
417 536
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Mexico

24
372 323
Dida is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Brazil

25
343 519
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