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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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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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1,715 1,324
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Peter Schmeichel Denmark, Poland

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1,658 1,168
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Lev Yashin Russia, Soviet Union

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1,616 1,159
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Oliver Kahn West Germany, Germany

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1,594 1,123
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1,250 1,064
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Edwin van der Sar Netherlands

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1,303 832
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Petr Čech Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia

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909 730
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Dino Zoff Italy

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718 686
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Sepp Maier Germany

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811 344
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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746 578
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Gordon Banks United Kingdom, England

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651 579
Michel Preud'homme is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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592 519
Jens Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Jens Lehmann West Germany, Germany

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562 509
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554 392
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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506 523
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Harald Schumacher Germany, West Germany

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332 379
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Peter Shilton England

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334 322
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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278 324
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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292 332
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René Higuita Colombia

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259 345
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198 321
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301 134
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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240 338
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Jorge Campos Mexico

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202 200
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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171 184
Cláudio Taffarel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Cláudio Taffarel Brazil

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426 296
Tim Howard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
AlexBele added Tim Howard United States of America

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211 170
Dida is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Dida Brazil

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Walter Zenga Italy

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155 289
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Rinat Dasayev Soviet Union

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135 229
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221 172
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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129 245
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wiabux added Andoni Zubizarreta Spain

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126 227
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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160 205
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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174 226
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Ubaldo Fillol Argentina

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146 278
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205 219
Claudio Bravo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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164 64
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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247 307
Víctor Valdés is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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84 144
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

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102 174
Jean-François Gillet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
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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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100 254
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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128 85
Joe Hart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
UnbreakableNacho added Joe Hart United Kingdom, England