"I was proud to call him a team-mate".
England's World Cup victor Gordon Banks has passed away, aged 81.
Banks famously denied a Pele header in a 1970 World Cup fixture between England and Brazil, leaping to his right to somehow deflect the goal-bound effort over the bar and rather than this would prove to be the spark which would ignite a decades-long friendship between the two.
Former England forward Sir Bobby Charlton, who played alongside Banks in the 1966 final, said: "Gordon was a fantastic goalkeeper, without doubt one of the best England has ever had".
"So I am glad he saved my header - because that act was the start of a friendship between us that I will always treasure".
Tributes have been pouring in from across the globe including from Portsmouth's own number one.
"It was particularly special to be with him at a Football Writers' tribute dinner past year and wish him well on his 80th birthday", opined Southgate.
Indeed, it took 442 minutes, until the end of the semi-final against Portugal, for Banks to finally concede his first goal, with a Eusebio penalty ending his seven-match sequence without being beaten, which remains an England record.
"This defines Gordon Banks".
"A true England legend", the England team wrote alongside the video.
"We're deeply saddened to hear that Gordon Banks, our #WorldCup-winning goalkeeper, has passed away", it tweeted along with condolences to his family.
He added that Banks was an England "legend" and his legacy would live on.
It will be remembered as arguably the greatest save of all time and was the result of foresight, hard work and dedication.
His professional career ended later that year when he lost sight in his right eye after a auto crash, though he did go on to play briefly in the United States before a one-year stint managing Telford United in 1979. He was a model man too.
"Whenever we met, it was always like we had never been apart".
"If I could make a save like the one against Pele, while playing against the greatest in the world, then I will be able to battle through this health problem, " Banks said then.
"He was a wonderful man and we knew we had big shoes to fill and that helped us as well", Clemence told the BBC on Tuesday. "I played against some great players, and he was the best player I ever played against".