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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4,162 2,031
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2
2,367 1,627
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Russia, Soviet Union

3
2,384 1,794
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Poland, Denmark

4
3,527 2,206
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
West Germany, Germany

5
2,458 1,423
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6
2,247 1,518
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Germany, West Germany

7
1,726 1,361
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Netherlands

8
1,747 1,212
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Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia

9
1,156 987
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Italy

10
859 985
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Germany

11
1,441 624
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Spain

12
930 785
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United Kingdom

13
761 810
Michel Preud'homme is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

14
930 626
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
s98876 added Belgium

15
712 745
Jens Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
West Germany, Germany

16
604 706
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Germany, West Germany

17
635 711
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18
442 541
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England

19
486 502
David Seaman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Reilcan Jones added England

20
466 499
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Colombia

21
397 495
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Mexico

22
713 507
Tim Howard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
AlexBele added United States of America

23
563 275
Hugo Lloris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added France

24
323 485
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25
328 468
František Plánička is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Austria-Hungary

26
343 296
Dida is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Brazil

27
264 439
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28
311 323
Fabien Barthez is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
jwls1914 added France

29
246 397
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Italy

30
239 293
Cláudio Taffarel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Brazil

31
425 325
Keylor Navas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
_1443804229675 added Costa Rica

32
200 384
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Soviet Union

33
422 223
Guillermo Ochoa is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
mina.emad.milad100.100 added Mexico

34
218 298
Pat Jennings is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
Northern Ireland

35
162 320
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36
351 141
Marc-André ter Stegen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

37
165 323
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wiabux added Spain

38
179 349
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39
142 309
Ronnie Hellström is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
svea added Sweden

40
199 306
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Argentina

41
325 390
Víctor Valdés is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

42
227 359
Júlio César Soares Espíndola is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

43
130 304
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England

44
208 245
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
269 330
Claudio Bravo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

46
113 210
Bodo Illgner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
IanHarvey added Germany, Spain, West Germany

47
237 184
Joe Hart is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
UnbreakableNacho added United Kingdom

48
114 252
Jean-François Gillet is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
svea added Belgium

49
128 260
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50
184 232
Gylmar dos Santos Neves is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Brazil