The shot-stopper attributed with the “best save of all time” finally lost his fight with cancer in the early hours of this morning, leaving behind many, many happy memories and igniting thousands of stories and tributes from throughout the globe.
Banks was part of the starting Xl at Wembley when England defeated West Germany 4-2 to win their only ever World Cup and would go onto pick up a staggering 73 caps for his nation before his international retirement in 1972.
Domestically, the ‘keeper played for such clubs as Leicester City and Stoke City, becoming a legend at the latter before finishing his jewel-encrusted 19-year playing career while at Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the United States of America.
Check out a selection of the best of the tributes on Twitter from today, below…
A fierce opponent and a good man.
— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) February 12, 2019
— Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) February 12, 2019
One of the greatest saves of all time.??
RIP Gordon Banks. A true legend of the game. All my thoughts with your family and friends at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/HpgsJPfLUW
— Jordan Pickford (@JPickford1) February 12, 2019
— The FA (@FA) February 12, 2019
— Kasper Schmeichel (@kschmeichel1) February 12, 2019
Goalkeeping has changed a lot since Gordon and I played. But if he were playing today, he would still be one of the very best. Rest in peace, my friend. https://t.co/NYDiEzY6VZ pic.twitter.com/EOYmMKbgPH
— Pelé (@Pele) February 12, 2019