"Gordon spoke to the room about that incredible save from Pele against Brazil back in 1970 and moments like that from his remarkable World Cup-winning career will continue to linger long in the memory".
Arguably one of the greatest shot-stoppers of his generation, Gordon Banks amassed 73 caps for the England national team in an global career which spanned close to a decade.More news: Ontario police rescue 43 'modern day slaves' from Mexico
Since the tragic news was announced, tributes have been flooding in from the sporting world.
He made one of the game's great saves to prevent a Pelé goal in the 1970 World Cup, regarded as one of the best of all-time, but his career was ended in 1972 when a vehicle crash cost him his sight in one eye.
Footballing legend Banks was part of Sir Alf Ramsey's England team who clinched the nation's first ever World Cup win 53 years ago in a 4-2 win against West Germany at Wembley, and earned 73 caps for his country in all. "@England's World Cup victor was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and such a lovely, lovely man. #RIPGordon".More news: Richard Gere, 69, and wife Alejandra Silva welcome baby boy
Former England striker Gary Lineker said: "An absolute hero of mine, and countless others, England's World Cup victor was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and such a lovely, lovely man".
Gordon Banks, one of the world's most famous goalkeepers, passed away Tuesday at the age of 81.
England's official Twitter account wrote: "We're deeply saddened to hear that Gordon Banks, our #WorldCup-winning goalkeeper, has passed away".More news: Rafa Benitez: We should have stopped Wolves equaliser
"The sad news reaches us that legendary former Spireite Gordon Banks has passed away. All my thoughts with the family".