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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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1,613 1,252
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Peter Schmeichel Denmark, Poland

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1,557 1,111
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Lev Yashin Russia, Soviet Union

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1,521 1,101
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Oliver Kahn Germany, West Germany

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1,478 1,076
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1,182 1,012
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Edwin van der Sar Netherlands

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1,230 781
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Petr Čech Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia

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864 698
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Dino Zoff Italy

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696 645
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Sepp Maier Germany

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710 546
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Gordon Banks United Kingdom

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715 312
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
David de Gea Spain

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635 554
Michel Preud'homme is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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570 494
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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550 487
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Harald Schumacher West Germany, Germany

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502 373
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
s98876 added Thibaut Courtois Belgium

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318 298
David Seaman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Reilcan Jones added David Seaman England

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314 361
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Peter Shilton England

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269 303
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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243 326
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272 315
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René Higuita Colombia

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188 305
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225 319
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Jorge Campos Mexico

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187 181
Fabien Barthez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
jwls1914 added Fabien Barthez France

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259 116
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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394 264
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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158 168
Cláudio Taffarel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Cláudio Taffarel Brazil

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192 152
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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145 274
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Rinat Dasayev Soviet Union

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127 216
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196 146
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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124 230
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wiabux added Andoni Zubizarreta Spain

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122 212
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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138 264
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164 215
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Ubaldo Fillol Argentina

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188 201
Claudio Bravo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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140 196
Pat Jennings is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Pat Jennings Northern Ireland

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76 131
Bodo Illgner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Bodo Illgner Spain, West Germany, Germany

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227 291
Víctor Valdés is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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97 163
Jean-François Gillet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
svea added Jean-François Gillet Belgium

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156 159
Gylmar dos Santos Neves is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
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Marc-André ter Stegen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
julian-matthias added Marc-André ter Stegen Germany

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161 268
Júlio César Soares Espíndola is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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94 226
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Ray Clemence England

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115 67
Joe Hart is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
UnbreakableNacho added Joe Hart United Kingdom

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92 245
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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143 163
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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138 118
Guillermo Ochoa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
mina.emad.milad100.100 added Guillermo Ochoa Mexico