London, Dec 13 (IANS) England’s 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks on Sunday revealed that he presently has kidney cancer.
Reports say the 77-year-old who is having it for the second time, is having chemotherapy treatment to try to avoid a transplant.
“I am one of many in the country who have it, I have to battle on,” Banks was quoted as saying by BBC.
The former Stoke City custodian is considered to be one of the finest ever, and is famous for pulling of a remarkable save against Brazilian legend Pele in the 1970 World Cup. He had lost one kidney 10 years ago because of the same disease.
Banks was named FIFA goalkeeper of the year six times during his career, but he had to quit football when he lost his right eye in a car accident in 1972.