'The Great Dane' lived up to his nickname in pretty much every respect. He was truly a great keeper – voted the world's best in both 1992 and 1993 – and was so physically imposing that he wore XXXL Football shirts.
His best years came in his enormous Manchester United and Denmark shirts, helping his country to their fairytale victory in the Euro 92 tournament and his club to their miraculous 1999 treble of domestic league, FA Cup and Champions League wins.
Schmeichel's size gave him some serious presence in the penalty area, but he was also athletic, quick and decisive and never afraid to inform his teammates of their responsibilities and errors.
He brought the 'star jump save' – leaping forward with both arms out wide – to football from its more humble handball origins and even managed to score a couple of goals in a legendary United career.
At just £505,000, Schmeichel was described by his United boss Sir Alex Ferguson as 'the bargain of the century'.
The void left by his departure in 1999 made it look more like the bargain of the millennium. It took United nearly ten years to find a replacement keeper who came anywhere near Schmeichel's standards.
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