Euros legends: Russia's Lev Yashin, the Ballon d'Or winning goalkeeper

Lev Yashi, Russia Euro legends
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So good, they named, not one, but two awards after him. 

Many believed Lev Yashin was the best goalkeeper there had ever been during his 1950s and 1960s heyday, but it’s an indication of how revered the Russian gloveman still is that when FIFA were looking for a name for its title for the best goalkeeper at the World Cup in 1994, they called it the Lev Yashin Award. 

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