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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. There are plenty of solid choices here, so you really can't go wrong.

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2,472 1,557
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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1,725 1,327
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Peter Schmeichel Denmark, Poland

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1,668 1,171
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Lev Yashin Russia, Soviet Union

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1,623 1,163
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Oliver Kahn West Germany, Germany

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1,604 1,125
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1,257 1,067
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Edwin van der Sar Netherlands

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1,311 833
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Petr Čech Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia

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910 734
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Dino Zoff Italy

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721 688
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Sepp Maier Germany

11
823 345
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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747 580
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Gordon Banks United Kingdom, England

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651 582
Michel Preud'homme is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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593 523
Jens Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Jens Lehmann West Germany, Germany

The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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563 512
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558 393
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
s98876 added Thibaut Courtois Belgium

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506 525
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Harald Schumacher Germany, West Germany

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332 381
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Peter Shilton England

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336 324
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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278 325
František Plánička is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added František Plánička Austria-Hungary

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293 333
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René Higuita Colombia

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259 346
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199 322
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303 135
Hugo Lloris is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Hugo Lloris France

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241 340
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Jorge Campos Mexico

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203 202
Fabien Barthez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
jwls1914 added Fabien Barthez France

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430 296
Tim Howard is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
AlexBele added Tim Howard United States of America

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171 185
Cláudio Taffarel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Cláudio Taffarel Brazil

The Best Current Soccer Players

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211 171
Dida is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Dida Brazil

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181 301
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Walter Zenga Italy

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155 290
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Rinat Dasayev Soviet Union

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224 173
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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135 231
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129 246
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wiabux added Andoni Zubizarreta Spain

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126 228
Ronnie Hellström is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
svea added Ronnie Hellström Sweden

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162 206
Pat Jennings is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Pat Jennings Northern Ireland

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174 227
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Ubaldo Fillol Argentina

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147 279
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205 221
Claudio Bravo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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165 66
Marc-André ter Stegen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
julian-matthias added Marc-André ter Stegen Germany

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250 307
Víctor Valdés is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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85 144
Bodo Illgner is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Bodo Illgner Spain, West Germany, Germany

Coolest Soccer Players

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102 174
Jean-François Gillet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
svea added Jean-François Gillet Belgium

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171 278
Júlio César Soares Espíndola is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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165 169
Gylmar dos Santos Neves is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Gilmar Brazil

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103 230
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Ray Clemence England

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153 123
Guillermo Ochoa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
mina.emad.milad100.100 added Guillermo Ochoa Mexico

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100 255
Timo Hildebrand is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Timo Hildebrand Germany, West Germany

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153 171
Brad Friedel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
mina.emad.milad100.100 added Brad Friedel United States of America, Germany

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129 87
Joe Hart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
UnbreakableNacho added Joe Hart United Kingdom, England