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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4,102 1,982
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2,324 1,589
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Russia, Soviet Union

3
2,335 1,754
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Poland, Denmark

4
3,472 2,173
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Germany, West Germany

5
2,207 1,496
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Germany, West Germany

6
2,401 1,406
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1,700 1,341
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Netherlands

8
1,722 1,190
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Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia

9
1,136 970
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Italy

10
851 962
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Germany

11
1,421 600
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Spain

12
914 775
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United Kingdom

13
754 794
Michel Preud'homme is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

14
908 602
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
s98876 added Belgium

15
705 726
Jens Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
West Germany, Germany

16
600 689
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Germany, West Germany

17
632 694
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18
435 529
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England

19
477 485
David Seaman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Reilcan Jones added England

20
455 481
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Colombia

21
390 478
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Mexico

22
702 491
Tim Howard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
AlexBele added United States of America

23
545 256
Hugo Lloris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added France

24
320 475
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25
325 462
František Plánička is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Austria-Hungary

26
335 286
Dida is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Brazil

27
261 432
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28
305 313
Fabien Barthez is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
jwls1914 added France

29
244 392
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Italy

30
237 286
Cláudio Taffarel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Brazil

31
200 378
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Soviet Union

32
411 317
Keylor Navas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
_1443804229675 added Costa Rica

33
408 218
Guillermo Ochoa is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
mina.emad.milad100.100 added Mexico

34
214 294
Pat Jennings is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Northern Ireland

35
161 314
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36
337 137
Marc-André ter Stegen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

37
162 320
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wiabux added Spain

38
179 344
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39
141 304
Ronnie Hellström is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
svea added Sweden

40
198 301
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Argentina

41
323 385
Víctor Valdés is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

42
227 352
Júlio César Soares Espíndola is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

43
129 299
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England

44
206 239
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
267 323
Claudio Bravo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

46
111 203
Bodo Illgner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Germany, Spain, West Germany

47
233 175
Joe Hart is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
UnbreakableNacho added United Kingdom

48
114 245
Jean-François Gillet is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
svea added Belgium

49
126 255
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50
183 227
Gylmar dos Santos Neves is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Brazil