Image source: Chelsea Official Website
Former Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Bonetti has died aged 78.
Bonetti, who played for England national team, was described by Chelsea as a “goalkeeping superstar of the 1960s and 1970s.”
The goalkeeper died after a long illness.
One of Chelsea Football Club’s greatest ever players.
Rest in peace, Peter ‘the Cat’ Bonetti. 💙 pic.twitter.com/OM48Dq2BXW
— Chelsea FC – #StayHomeSaveLives (@ChelseaFC) April 12, 2020
“Peter Bonetti’s position in the pantheon of Chelsea footballing gods is unassailable,” the club’s official website said.
“He was the Cat who broke the mould, defied the odds, drew the gasps, earned the cheers and got the cream. All in front of an adoring Stamford Bridge. All at Chelsea wish to send our heartfelt and deepest condolences to Peter’s family and friends.”
Bonetti played 729 games for Chelsea. Only former Chelsea captain Ron Harris has made more appearances for the Blues.
He also held the record for the most number of clean sheets until January 2014, when Petr Cech surpassed him.