The Save - Banks denies Pele in spectacular fashion

The Save - Banks denies Pele in spectacular fashion

The Save - Banks denies Pele in spectacular fashion

Banks was considered as one of the finest-ever goalkeepers and, alongside his heroics in 1966, he will be remembered for the iconic save he produced against Brazil's Pele in the tournament four years later.

But one save in particular will always stay with the former Leicester, Stoke City and Chesterfield goalkeeper.

"It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight".

Since the tragic news was announced, tributes have been flooding in from the sporting world.

"When you are a footballer, you know straight away how well you have hit the ball".

While his slender frame meant he was not the most imposing of goalkeepers, Banks's movement and agility saw him command his area.

The comments follow the announcement Gordon Banks, England's World Cup-winning goalkeeper, death at the age of 81.

Tributes have poured in from around the footballing world, with the likes of Brazil legend Pele describing Banks as a "magic" goalkeeper.

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Charlton, the driving force in the '66 team, led the praise, saying "I was proud to call him a team-mate".

His career earned him the reputation as one of the all-time greatest keepers and peaked with his appearance in the England side who won the World Cup in 1966. I hit that header exactly as I had hoped.

"Very sad to hear the news that Gordon has died".

He was Stoke's goalkeeper in the 1972 League Cup win - the club's only major honour.

"He told me when they walked out at Wembley for the final, and he had goose-bumps, he had never seen anything like it".

"On behalf of everyone connected with England, I send my condolences to his wife Ursula, his family and friends". "Rest In Peace Gordon and thanks for the memories", another said.

Another England Peter Shilton, who has admitted Banks was one of his main inspirations, has also tweeted: "I'm devastated - today I've lost my hero our condolences to his family rip Gordon".

In a lengthy Facebook post, the former striker said: "For many people, their memory of Gordon Banks is defined by the save he made against me in 1970".

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