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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4,167 2,035
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2
2,373 1,629
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Russia, Soviet Union

3
2,389 1,795
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Poland, Denmark

4
3,533 2,209
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
West Germany, Germany

5
2,465 1,424
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6
2,252 1,519
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Germany, West Germany

7
1,733 1,363
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Netherlands

8
1,752 1,214
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Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia

9
1,160 988
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Italy

10
860 988
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Germany

11
1,445 626
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Spain

12
932 787
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United Kingdom

13
761 813
Michel Preud'homme is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

14
932 628
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
s98876 added Belgium

15
712 748
Jens Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
West Germany, Germany

16
605 708
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Germany, West Germany

17
635 713
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18
444 542
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England

19
488 503
David Seaman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Reilcan Jones added England

20
468 500
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Colombia

21
398 497
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Mexico

22
714 509
Tim Howard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
AlexBele added United States of America

23
565 277
Hugo Lloris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added France

24
323 487
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25
328 470
František Plánička is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Austria-Hungary

26
344 297
Dida is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Brazil

27
265 440
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28
311 325
Fabien Barthez is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
jwls1914 added France

29
246 399
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Italy

30
240 294
Cláudio Taffarel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Brazil

31
426 326
Keylor Navas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
_1443804229675 added Costa Rica

32
423 224
Guillermo Ochoa is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
mina.emad.milad100.100 added Mexico

33
200 386
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Soviet Union

34
219 299
Pat Jennings is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Northern Ireland

35
352 142
Marc-André ter Stegen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

36
163 321
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37
166 324
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wiabux added Spain

38
180 350
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39
142 311
Ronnie Hellström is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
svea added Sweden

40
200 307
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Argentina

41
326 391
Víctor Valdés is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

42
227 361
Júlio César Soares Espíndola is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

43
131 305
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England

44
209 246
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
269 332
Claudio Bravo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

46
113 212
Bodo Illgner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Germany, Spain, West Germany

47
238 185
Joe Hart is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
UnbreakableNacho added United Kingdom

48
114 254
Jean-François Gillet is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
svea added Belgium

49
128 262
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50
184 234
Gylmar dos Santos Neves is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Brazil