LONDON. — World Cup football winner Gordon Banks was a “goalkeeper with magic”, says Brazil legend Pele, after the former England goalkeeper died at the age of 81 yesterday.
The football world has been paying tribute to Banks, a world champion in 1966, but best remembered for a save that denied Pele in the 1970 World Cup.
But iconic forward Pele (78) said he was “glad” his header was kept out.
“That act was the start of a friendship between us that I will always treasure,” he said.
“Whenever we met, it was always like we had never been apart.”
Three-time World Cup winner Pele said on social media: “I have great sadness in my heart today and I send condolences to the family he was so proud of.
“Rest in peace, my friend. Yes, you were a goalkeeper with magic. But you were also so much more. You were a fine human being.”
Banks’ save to deny Pele 49 years ago has been described as the “save of the century” and Pele has previously admitted he thought he had scored.
Source : The Herald