There have been many great saves in World Cup history, but Gordon Banks save of Pele’s shot in the 1970 World Cup is often referred to as the best.
This was the first World Cup televised in colour, and the biggest name in the world was the Brazilian, Pele.
And Pele looked to score when he got onto the end of a cross from Jairzinho.
Pele sent a powerful header at goal, placed perfectly, so much that the Brazilian superstar screamed, “Golo!”
Banks realized that he would be unable to catch the ball and instinctively tried to parry the ball over the bar, knowing that if it stayed in play, Pele would pounce.
He managed to get his fingers to the ball before he fell into the inner netting of the goal, and only knew he had made the save when he saw Pele’s reaction.
Banks said a few years later, “They won’t remember me for winning the World Cup, it’ll be for that save. That’s how big a thing it is. People just want to talk about that save.”