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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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2,836 1,744
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Manuel Neuer Germany, West Germany

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1,897 1,312
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Lev Yashin Russia, Soviet Union

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1,925 1,459
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Peter Schmeichel Poland, Denmark

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1,830 1,276
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Oliver Kahn Germany, West Germany

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1,858 1,219
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1,419 1,159
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Edwin van der Sar Netherlands

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1,452 953
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Petr Čech Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia

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988 812
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Dino Zoff Italy

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773 773
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Sepp Maier Germany

11
1,045 404
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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802 641
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Gordon Banks United Kingdom, England

13
692 645
Michel Preud'homme is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

14
630 592
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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589 577
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649 469
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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540 586
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Harald Schumacher West Germany, Germany

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378 430
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Peter Shilton England

19
390 382
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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303 373
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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339 382
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René Higuita Colombia

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289 388
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493 356
Tim Howard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
AlexBele added Tim Howard United States of America

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252 210
Dida is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Dida Brazil

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222 365
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361 184
Hugo Lloris is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Hugo Lloris France

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273 384
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Jorge Campos Mexico

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237 240
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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205 334
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Walter Zenga Italy

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188 223
Cláudio Taffarel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Cláudio Taffarel Brazil

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172 318
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Rinat Dasayev Soviet Union

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186 236
Pat Jennings is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Pat Jennings Northern Ireland

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277 220
Keylor Navas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
_1443804229675 added Keylor Navas Costa Rica

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143 255
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140 269
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wiabux added Andoni Zubizarreta Spain

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157 300
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133 252
Ronnie Hellström is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
svea added Ronnie Hellström Sweden

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237 96
Marc-André ter Stegen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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182 253
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Ubaldo Fillol Argentina

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276 334
Víctor Valdés is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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192 301
Júlio César Soares Espíndola is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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116 251
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Ray Clemence England

The Best German-American Soccer Player

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175 193
Brad Friedel is listed (or ranked) 43 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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225 262
Claudio Bravo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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94 168
Bodo Illgner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Bodo Illgner Spain, West Germany, Germany

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187 145
Guillermo Ochoa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
mina.emad.milad100.100 added Guillermo Ochoa Mexico

47
104 200
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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173 188
Gylmar dos Santos Neves is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Gilmar Brazil

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116 211
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167 117
Joe Hart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
UnbreakableNacho added Joe Hart United Kingdom