‘Gooool’ bellowed the distinguishably deep voice of Pele as his firm, downward header edged past Gordon Banks on what was, to 67,000 fans at the Estadio Jalisco and the millions watching across the globe, a journey destined to end in the bottom corner of the net. The Englishman refused to subscribe to destiny, however, despite admitting thereafter that he thought there was no chance he could deny O Rei under sweltering temperatures in Guadalajara. But that is exactly what he achieved in the Group 3 match at the 1970 FIFA World Cup Mexico™, hurling his body down to his right, arching his arm backwards, outstretching it to a distance that almost defied physics and, with his thumb, miraculously flicking the eye-catching adidas Telstar round the upright and out for a corner – all in the swiftest of movements. “From the moment I headed it, I was sure it had gone in,” recalled Pele. “I had already began to jump to celebrate the goal. Then I looked back and I couldn’t believe it hadn’t gone in.” It remains the most renowned save in football history.
This is an iconic photo of the famous save, personally signed by Gordon Banks at a private signing session. The item comes with an Allstarsignings certificate of authenticity, complete with photographic proof of the signing sessions.
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