Regarded as one of the them greatest goalkeepers of all time
Regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, Banks was named FWA Footballer of the Year in 1972, and was named FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year on six occasions. The IFFHS named Banks the second-best goalkeeper of the 20th century, after Lev Yashin (1st) and ahead of Dino Zof
In the 1970 World Cup, he made one of the game’s great saves to prevent a Pelé goal. that the shot was impossible to catch, and the only way to prevent Pelé from following up on the rebound would be to parry the ball over the bar. The ball bounced two yards in front of the goal-line, and Banks managed to make contact with the ball with the fingers of his right hand, and rolled his hand slightly to angle the ball over the crossbar. He landed in the inner netting of the goal, and knew he had saved the ball after seeing Pelé’s reaction. Banks then rose to his feet to defend the corner, and broke into laughter after the following exchange.
“I thought that was a goal.” (Pelé)
“You and me both.” (Banks)
“You’re getting old, Banksy, you used to hold on to them.” (Bobby Moore)