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Chelsea FC have confirmed the death of legendary goalkeeper Peter Bonetti.
The 78-year-old had been suffering with a long illness before his passing, a club statement revealed.
With over 429 appearances, Bonetti who was nicknamed ‘The Cat’ for his reflex saves, was one of the best players during his playing days.
Brazil legend Pele was clearly a fan of the Chelsea stopper and rates him as one of the three best goalkeepers he has ever seen.
“The three greatest goalkeepers I have ever seen are Gordon Banks, Lev Yashin and Peter Bonetti,” said the footballing icon.
Chelsea FC took to Twitter to announce the passing of Bonetti and hailed him as one of the best players to have featured for the club.
“One of Chelsea Football Club’s greatest ever players,” read the caption.
“Rest in peace, Peter ‘the Cat’ Bonetti.”