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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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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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Peter Schmeichel Poland, Denmark

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2,167 1,509
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Lev Yashin Russia, Soviet Union

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Oliver Kahn West Germany, Germany

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Edwin van der Sar Netherlands

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Petr Čech Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia

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Dino Zoff Italy

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Sepp Maier Germany

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1,298 530
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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Gordon Banks United Kingdom, England

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

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

The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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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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Harald Schumacher West Germany, Germany

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Peter Shilton England

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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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René Higuita Colombia

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

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Jorge Campos Mexico

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

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Hugo Lloris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Hugo Lloris France

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

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

The Best Current Soccer Players

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Cláudio Taffarel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Cláudio Taffarel Brazil

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Walter Zenga Italy

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Rinat Dasayev Soviet Union

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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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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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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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wiabux added Andoni Zubizarreta Spain

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Marc-André ter Stegen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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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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Ubaldo Fillol Argentina

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

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

Coolest Soccer Players

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Ray Clemence England

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Brad Friedel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
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Claudio Bravo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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

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Jean-François Gillet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
svea added Jean-François Gillet Belgium

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Joe Hart is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
UnbreakableNacho added Joe Hart United Kingdom, England

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Gylmar dos Santos Neves is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Gilmar Brazil