England World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies, aged 81

Gordon Banks

Gordon Banks

He became famous around the world thanks to his magnificent parade that literally erased a goal from Pele at the 1970's World Cup.

Banks made 510 league appearances for Chesterfield, Leicester and Stoke and won 73 senior global caps.

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

The Tinsley-born star had been suffering from kidney cancer and his family announced today that the world cup victor had "passed away peacefully overnight". "We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him", the Potters said in a statement.

The Brazilian legend has now paid tribute to Banks, and revealed their long friendship all started with that iconic sporting moment.

Gary Lineker led the tributes to the legendary England keeper, tweeting: "Oh no. Gordon Banks, an absolute hero of mine, and countless others, has died.England 's World Cup victor was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and such a lovely, lovely man. #RIPGordon".

While Portsmouth added their condolences, saying: 'All at Pompey send their condolences to the friends and family of Gordon Banks, a true legend of the game, following today's sad news.

"He was the great Gordon Banks but he was also such a humble and lovely person".

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He is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. While it was indeed phenomenal my memory of Gordon is not defined by that but his friendship. "RIP Gordon Banks", tweeted Pickford. "I played against some great players, and he was the best player I ever played against".

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

"The save was one of the best I have ever seen - in real life and in all the thousands of games I have watched since".

"A top keeper and a really decent bloke".

"A fierce opponent and a good man. Rest in peace, Gordon Banks #DieMannschaft", it tweeted.

"I can't speak about other eras, but he must be one of, if not the, greatest goalkeeper of all time".

"Condolences to his family".

Banks' legacy will live on, especially thanks to his incredible World Cup record. Obviously we shared that great day in 1966 but it was more than that.

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