England 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has passed away at the age of 81.
In an announcement Tuesday, his family said the veteran shot-stopper, who played for Stoke City and Leicester City among a storied career, died peacefully in his sleep overnight.
Banks was a two-time League Cup winner with the Potters and the Foxes but is best remembered for his contributions on the international stage, where he won 73 caps for his country.
He started every game for his country during the 1966 tournament and played in the 4-2 victory over West Germany in the final.
Four years later, he was a member of the England squad which reached the quarter-finals in Mexico, where he made a legendary save against Brazilian striker Pele in the group stages.
He later played at club level in North America, with spells at Cleveland Stokers in the United Soccer Association and Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the NASL.
Following his retirement, he briefly managed Telford United between 1979 and 1980 and, in 2015, was revealed to be undergoing treatment for kidney cancer.
We’re deeply saddened to hear that Gordon Banks, our #WorldCup-winning goalkeeper, has passed away.
Our thoughts are with Gordon’s friends, family and supporters at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/nbzncYBCFA
— England (@England) February 12, 2019
Tributes for Banks, a member of the FIFA 100 in 2004, have poured in from past and present England stars and others across the game.
Sad to hear that Gordon Banks has passed away at the age of 81.
Had the pleasure of meeting him a number of times and he was one of the game's true gentlemen, not to mention one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.
Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/yj4JYZIaag
— michael owen (@themichaelowen) February 12, 2019
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 12, 2019
— Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) February 12, 2019
Banks was made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1970 Birthday Honours list for services to association football.
The legendary shot-stopper is survived by his three children.