Gordon Banks Is Responsible For Making The Greatest Save Of All Time Against Pele
He will forever be regarded as one of the all time greats.
England's 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks sadly passed away on Tuesday morning: a true legend of the game.
Banks, who made 628 appearances during a 15-year career in the Football League, was famously part of England's World Cup winning squad in 1966.
But one save in particular will always stay with the former Leicester, Stoke City and Chesterfield goalkeeper.
RIP Gordon Banks ... best English keeper .. 1966 World Cup Winner .. FIFA Goalkeeper of the year 6 times.. and perhaps one of the best ever saves against one of the greatest players #Pele ... pic.twitter.com/jXuZcPU6mB- Baljit Rihal (@BaljitRihal) February 12, 2019
It was the 1970 World Cup in Mexico and England came up against Brazil in the group stages.
The game, however, will always be remembered for a save widely acclaimed as the greatest in World Cup history.
Pele must have thought he'd found the net with a powerful header from a few yards out but Banks, who was 33 at the time, somehow managed to prevent it from going in with an unorthodox save.
I'm still not sure how he managed this:
Once a champion, always a champion :trophy:- FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) February 12, 2019
We are deeply sorry to hear of the death of @England World Cup winner @thegordonbanks.
He was one of the game's greatest goalkeepers, a provider of stunning World Cup memories & a gentleman.
Our thoughts are with his family & friends. pic.twitter.com/tsD4c71Ixt
"I landed crumpled against the inner side netting of the goal and my first reaction was to look out at Pele. I hadn't a clue where the ball was.- Matt Adkin (@MattAdkin) February 12, 2019
"He'd grounded to a halt, head clasped between his hands and I knew then all that I needed to know."
- Gordon Banks pic.twitter.com/QnChDPaQBT
Banks' legacy will live on, especially thanks to his incredible World Cup record.
The fact that he has the best ratio of minutes per goal conceded (210 mins) in the history of the competition says it all.
The former Stoke City man was also incredible at saving penalties. Just check out the below clip against West Ham.
It was hit with some venom but Banks had it covered.
Gordon Banks: also quite good at saving penalties pic.twitter.com/gUGm7Uqw4b- Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) February 12, 2019
Thanks for the memories, Gordon.
Rest in peace.