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Behind every great football team is a world-class goalkeeper, but who are the best to have ever played between the sticks?
Playing in arguably the most underrated position in football, goalkeepers are often overlooked for the more glamorous spots in the team.
It is one of the toughest jobs on the field that requires concentration, composure and the ability to pull off saves at any given moment in a game, but do they get enough credit?
We certainly think so and this is our take on the best goalkeepers of all time and, once your'e done with this, head to our list of the best goalkeepers in the world right now or the 10 best Premier League goalkeepers ever.
The Sheffield-born shot-stopper died in 2019 at the age of 81 and will be forever remembered for that save against Brazil in the 1970 World Cup.
Producing a save that stopped the world, Banks pulled off an incredible reflex save against the powerful and directive header from Pele - with fans and pundits around the world dubbing it 'the save of the century'.
Seriously, though, just how on earth did he save this?
Some of these saves during his early Ajax days are incredible to watch.
Alongside Edwin van der Sar, Peter Schmeichel is widely regarded as one of the Premier League's most legendary goalkeepers.
The world-class Dane was one of the best reflex savers that the world has ever produced, and won five league titles with Manchester United, as well as the Champions League in 1999.
He is among the all-time greatest footballers in the history of Scandinavian football and is widely known for his trademark shouts at defence to command them.
Kahn was a runner-up with Germany at the 2002 World Cup, but won the Golden Ball that tournament.
He also finished third in the voting for both the 2001 and 2002 Ballon d'Or awards.
Some of these saves defy all odds.
Cech was as important as John Terry in their superlative defensive record between 2004 and 2006, in which they conceded just 15 and 22 goals in back-to-back Premier League title wins.
The 38-year-old spent the final four years of his career with Arsenal, although he is listed as Chelsea's current emergency goalkeeper.
His top five saves have been ranked during his time at Chelsea and they are, to put it simply, outstanding.
The 35-year-old is one of the greatest and most decorated goalkeepers in the world and was the best German footballer in the first half of the 2010s.
It's not unusual to see him 30 plus yards off his line, too, playing a sort of sweeper-keeper role - making him one of the bravest and most confident goalkeepers we've ever seen.
I mean, come on, just look at the balls he has to do this.
Dino Zoff is one of the best goalkeepers the world has ever seen - and that's a fact.
Incredibly, he boasts the record for having kept a clean sheet the longest amount of time (1,142 minutes) from September 1972 to June 1974.
To put his tremendous career into context, he has kept 360 clean sheets from 720 first-level club games, which is truly outstanding.
Gianluigi Buffon was the greatest goalkeeper in the world in the 2000s and is considered by many as the greatest Italian shot-stopper ever, even above the great Dino Zoff.
Still going strong at the age of 43, Buffon is a much-loved figure in the world of football. The Juventus legend played 178 times for Italy between 1997-2018 and lifted the World Cup in 2006.
He is also the all-time most capped player for Italy and has made around 350 clean sheets in first-level club games - just ten behind Zoff.
Maybe he's still playing at 43 for his love of the game or to break Zoff's record, who knows?
The Champions League, European Championship and World Cup, you name it and Iker Casillas has won it.
His trophy haul says a lot and the rest of the talking was done by his sheer brilliance showcased on the pitch.
Casillas was also Spain's first-choice goalkeeper during the country's most successful period in their history between 2008-2012, when La Roja won two European Championships and the World Cup.
A more than worthy runner-up, but some of these saves suggest that he could have been our number one.
Lev Yashin is, without a shadow of a doubt, the greatest goalkeeper in the history of the game and is regarded as Soviet Union's greatest football ever.
One of football's truly legendary names, Yashin spent his entire professional career with Dynamo Moscow, but it was his performances at international level with the Soviet Union that caught the world's attention.
During his career, he had stopped around 150 penalty kicks, which is the best record of all-time, while keeping an incredible 270 clean sheets from approximately 420 career games played.
More importantly, he remains the only goalkeeper in history to win a Ballon d'Or and it is likely that it will be some time before that is replicated.
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