Legendary Gordon Banks, the goalkeeper in England's 1966 World Cup-winning team, died at the age of 81, his former club Stoke City said on Tuesday. The news of the death was confirmed by one of his family members.
"We are very sad to announce Banks's death. He died peacefully last night, "said one of his family members to BBC Sport.
"We are very upset about losing Banks, but he left many happy memories. We are very proud of him," he concluded.
Banks began his career at Chesterfield, before moving to Leicester City in 1959 with a transfer amount of 7,000 pounds.
Banks established himself as England's number one goalkeeper and got his first international cap in 1963 against Scotland.
He played in every game during the 1966 World Cup, culminating in a 4-2 win over West Germany in the final at Wembley.
In eight years at Leicester, Banks became runner-up in two FA Cup finals and won the League Cup in 1964 before joining Stoke three years later.
Banks played forthe Potters, until he retired from professional football and won the League Cup once again in 1972.
The title is the only trophy won by Banks at Stoke. Banks lost sight in his right eye after a car accident, and retired at the age of 34. He also fought cancer for years before he finally died.
Banks was widely regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers to have played the game and will perhaps be best remembered for the diving stop he made to deny Brazil's Pele at the 1970 World Cup, which later became known as the "save of the century".
Leicester, for whom Banks played for much of the 1960s, tweeted, "Leicester City Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the death of our former goalkeeper Gordon Banks OBE, who has passed away at the age of 81."
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