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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4,047 1,944
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2,279 1,566
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Russia, Soviet Union

3
2,293 1,730
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Poland, Denmark

4
3,418 2,147
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Germany, West Germany

5
2,173 1,474
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Germany, West Germany

6
2,351 1,394
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1,673 1,321
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Netherlands

8
1,693 1,172
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Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia

9
1,112 960
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Italy

10
838 942
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Germany

11
1,381 579
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Spain

12
892 765
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United Kingdom

13
746 781
Michel Preud'homme is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

14
880 585
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
s98876 added Belgium

15
690 714
Jens Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
West Germany, Germany

16
589 677
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Germany, West Germany

17
625 680
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18
422 516
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England

19
463 474
David Seaman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Reilcan Jones added England

20
443 467
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Colombia

21
380 465
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Mexico

22
681 473
Tim Howard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
AlexBele added United States of America

23
524 244
Hugo Lloris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added France

24
317 464
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25
324 450
František Plánička is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Austria-Hungary

26
325 279
Dida is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Brazil

27
255 423
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28
297 307
Fabien Barthez is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
jwls1914 added France

29
236 384
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Italy

30
234 278
Cláudio Taffarel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Brazil

31
197 370
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Soviet Union

32
398 305
Keylor Navas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
_1443804229675 added Costa Rica

33
388 206
Guillermo Ochoa is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
mina.emad.milad100.100 added Mexico

34
212 285
Pat Jennings is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Northern Ireland

35
158 306
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36
160 312
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wiabux added Spain

37
319 134
Marc-André ter Stegen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

38
173 338
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39
141 294
Ronnie Hellström is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
svea added Sweden

40
194 293
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Argentina

41
317 377
Víctor Valdés is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

42
223 341
Júlio César Soares Espíndola is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

43
128 290
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England

44
204 229
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
258 312
Claudio Bravo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

46
107 196
Bodo Illgner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Germany, Spain, West Germany

47
111 238
Jean-François Gillet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
svea added Belgium

48
126 245
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49
220 167
Joe Hart is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
UnbreakableNacho added United Kingdom

50
182 218
Gylmar dos Santos Neves is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Brazil