However, his ever-present role in England's 1966 World Cup triumph is what Banks will be most fondly remembered for, alongside his miraculous save to deny Pele in a fixture against Brazil at the 1970 tournament.
His save against Pele in the 1970 World Cup has gone down as his most famous moment, being named the best save of all time.
A spokesperson for Leicester City, for whom Banks played 293 times during his eight-year spell with the club, wrote: "Leicester City Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the death of our former goalkeeper Gordon Banks OBE, who has passed away at the age of 81".
'We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.
"I will never ever forget the feeling of [winning the tournament]", Banks told FIFA.com in 2017, "and I know it means so much to so many in England, from those who were there and plenty who have been born since".
The England team Twitter account on Tuesday posted a video of what is often called the "save of the century".
During this time he established himself as England's number one goalkeeper, and played every game of the nation's 1966 World Cup victory.
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"An all-time great for England, " current England coach Gareth Southgate said.
"He's among the best goalkeepers in history and that's only a small group when we talk about the best ones. Rest In Peace Gordon and thanks for the memories", another said.
Craig MacGillivray tweeted: 'A true true legend of the game! "RIP Gordon Banks", tweeted Pickford.
He added that despite all of his achievements, including winning three world cups, the thing people ask him about most is the Banks save.
But the 1966 World Cup victor would always share a joke with his old friend over his part in Pele's unique World Cup story.
His professional career ended later that year when he lost sight in his right eye after a vehicle crash, though he did go on to play briefly in the United States before a one-year stint managing Telford United in 1979.
"We had to keep the standard of English goalkeeping at the level Gordon had set".