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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4,286 2,125
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2
2,478 1,859
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Poland, Denmark

3
2,467 1,691
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Russia, Soviet Union

4
3,614 2,291
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
West Germany, Germany

5
2,567 1,463
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6
2,338 1,552
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Germany, West Germany

7
1,794 1,400
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Netherlands

8
1,796 1,262
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Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia

9
1,205 1,021
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Italy

10
880 1,028
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Germany

11
974 813
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United Kingdom

12
1,522 667
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Spain

13
782 836
Michel Preud'homme is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

14
969 676
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
s98876 added Belgium

15
726 774
Jens Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
West Germany, Germany

16
612 735
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Germany, West Germany

17
645 736
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18
472 560
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England

19
507 526
David Seaman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Reilcan Jones added England

20
489 527
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Colombia

21
408 522
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Mexico

22
333 508
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23
740 541
Tim Howard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
AlexBele added United States of America

24
361 314
Dida is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Brazil

25
333 488
František Plánička is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Austria-Hungary