Shibaji Banerjee to be conferred with Mohun Bagan Ratna posthumously
Former India goalkeeper Shibaji Banerjee, who stood out against Pele-led Cosmos Club in an exhibition match here in 1977, will be conferred with Mohun Bagan Ratna posthumously, the club announced on Wednesday.
The executive committee members also unanimously adjudged Fijian striker Roy Krishna as the Best Footballer of 2020-21, having guided ATK Mohun Bagan to the runners-up finish in the Indian Super League.
Legendary Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Banerjee, who died at the age of 68 four years ago, is best remembered for denying legendary Pele from scoring off a free-kick in an exhibition match against visiting Cosmos in 1977.
He dived to snatch the ball from the Brazilian legend's feet in the match played in front of a capacity crowd at Eden Gardens.
The match ended in a 2-2 draw and Banerjee received a lot of praise.
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