England and Tottenham legend Jimmy Greaves dies at 81

One of England’s most prolific players and Chelsea, Tottenham legend Jimmy Greaves, who suffered a stroke six years ago, has died at the age of 81, Spurs have announced. Greaves is England’s fourth-highest scorer with 44 goals in 57 international matches, behind Wayne Rooney, Bobby Charlton and Gary Lineker. Follow us for more never before seen Euro 2020 football matches highlights. 

“We are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of the great Jimmy Greaves, not just Tottenham Hotspur’s record goalscorer but the finest marksman this country has ever seen,” the club said. Greaves was Tottenham’s record goalscorer with 266 goals, having played for them from 1961-1970. His 37 league goals for Spurs in the 1962-63 season remain a club record. 

Greaves, who also had a season-long spell with AC Milan after leaving Chelsea, scored for Tottenham in the 1962 FA Cup final as they retained the trophy and he netted twice in the European Cup Winners’ Cup final victory in 1963. He won another FA Cup with Spurs in 1967. “Although we had just won the ‘Double’, there’s no question that Jimmy’s arrival made us an even better team,” the club added.

Greaves played for West Ham after leaving Tottenham before retiring at the end of the 1970-71 season. He scored 366 goals in Europe’s top five leagues. That stood as the record until Cristiano Ronaldo broke it in 2016-17. After retiring, Greaves pursued a career in broadcast media and presented popular football talk show “Saint and Greavsie” alongside former Liverpool striker Ian St John from 1985 to 1992.

He was also a member of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning squad, although he did not feature in the final victory over West Germany, Greaves scored 44 goals across 57 senior appearances for the Three Lions. He missed out on a winner’s medal because they were only awarded to the 11 players who played in the final. However, he was awarded the same medal in 2009.

England manager Gareth Southgate said the national team would pay tribute to Greaves in next month’s World Cup qualifier against Hungary at Wembley, while Spurs and Chelsea also paid tribute to their former player during their match last weekend. Southgate described Greaves as “someone who was admired by all who love football”, while Spurs striker Harry Kane called him “a true legend”.

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