The England former football striker, Jimmy Greaves, one of the game’s greatest goalscorers and characters, has died at the age of 81 after a brief illness.
Greaves, who was a member of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning squad, scored 44 goals in his 57 appearances for the English national football team.
The death of the striker has confirmed on Sunday through a statement released by his former club, Tottenham Hotspur, describing him as the finest marksman across the country.
The Club said: “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. Jimmy passed away at home in the early hours of this morning (Sunday 19 September), aged 81.”
Before his retirement from the game that brought him fame, the former footballer scored 356 goals in England’s top flight, a record that still stands.
For Tottenham, he returned 266 goals in 379 appearances between 1961 and 1970. The 37 league goals that he netted in the 1962/63 season was yet to be bettered by a Spurs player in a single season.
Greaves began his career with Chelsea, scoring on debut in 1957 against Spurs — his 41-goal haul in the First Division in 1960/61 still stands as Chelsea’s record for a single season.
During a brief spell at the Italian giant, AC Milan, the striker netted nine times in 14 games — before he returned to England to join Spurs. He later played for West Ham before retiring from the game and going into television punditry.