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Fierce opponent and a good man: Germany and England lead long list of tributes to World Cup winner Gordon Banks

England and Germany, fittingly, have led the social media tributes to Gordon Banks after the World Cup winning goalkeeper passed away aged 81.

Banks was the custodian that helped England to their only World Cup win back in 1966, aiding his side to a 4-2 victory over the Germans at Wembley in the final.

And both the England and Germany twitter accounts paid tribute to the true goalkeeping legend:

His performances at the World Cup have been well-documented and Opta stats revealed that even the figures back up his status as arguably the best there ever was:

Curent and ex England internationals were joined by members of the goalkeeping fraternity to heap praise on a hero.

Former England team-mate Sir Bobby Charlton said: "Gordon was a fantastic goalkeeper and I was proud to call him a team-mate. He will be deeply missed and our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time."

While tributes to Banks' character were as plentiful as the praise for his goalkeeping ability, one story from journalist Lee Marlow proved a mark of the man.

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