Peter Bonetti a world champiom and legend passed away
At the age of 78 a Chelsea football legend Peter Bonetti passed away. The goalman of the London club from the 1960s and 1970s succumbed to a long illness today.
Bonetti assisted in 729 matches for Chelsea, which placed him second in the history club table after former Captain Ron Harris. S Blues won the English Cup, the League Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup. In the Chelsea goal Bonetti scored 208 clean accounts. The club record was broken by Cech back in 2014.
"This is really sad news for all of Chelsea. Rest in peace, 'Cat' ... Legend," wrote Petr Cech on twitter, reminding of Bonetti's nickname The Cat, which he gained thanks to his goalkeeper style.
“A big honor, a big number. Bonetti is one of the greatest legends in the club's history. He worked as an ambassador for the club and we often met at the stadium. I saw his few matches on Chelsea TV, and although football was a bit different at that time, he was a huge personality of the team for next twenty years. Even today he is still legend, " said Chequin .
In the English national team, Bonetti was in the shadow of Gordon Banks, the long-standing number one, through which he only scored seven goals. He was his number two at home World Championship in 1966 when England won. Four years later, at the World Cup in Mexico, he replaced Banks at the last minute in the quarter-finals against Germany, in which England led 2-0 after an hour but lost 2-3 in overtime. Bonetti was identified as one of the culprits of defeat and never appeared in the national team again.
At the end of his career, Bonetti worked as a goalkeeper coach in Chelsea, Newcastle United, Fulham, Manchester City and the English national team.