Can you elaborate on this? What I know is that Yashin was already very highly regarded before the won the BdO. Various low countries players have played against him, they rate him high although few would categorically call him the best. This (knowledgeable) ex-player and ex-trainer sums him up well briefly (2:56 onward). --- "You have seen Lev Yashin, I briefly saw Gordon Banks live." "Yes, I even played against him, don't be mistaken here. Great." --- "It makes no sense because the sport has become essentially different, but is he [means VdS, Schmeichel] of the outside category?" "Yashin was a man who had a tremendous aura and charisma. Was the first goalkeeper who I really saw coming off his line in a natural way, not as a forced gimmick. Active outside his penalty box. Yashin was of an exceptional caliber. Also Gordon Banks by the way." ------------------------ In this brief exchange is I think a lot of what has defined his profile. Had indeed a great 'charisma', looked fantastic on camera and outside the lines. Was kind of a sweeper keeper without neglecting the basics (tremendous saves in some FIFA XI and Europe XI teams). The stats on wikipedia (clean sheets, penalties saved) are maybe not 100% correct, but he was renowned for stopping penalties yes. One odd thing about him is that he never played continentally with his club. His club had entered the draw in 1968, but refused to play. Had also his weaker moments in the World Cup (noticeably) although, on the other hand, even a Buffon had some (imho, an ageing Zoff too as peterhrt mentioned before).