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Famous England striker Jimmy Greaves, 1966 world champion dies

Famous England striker Jimmy Greaves, 1966 world champion dies


London (AFP)

London poles announced on Sunday that Jimmy Greaves, England’s most famous striker, Tottenham and Chelsea, who won the 1966 World Cup and scored the best goal in the history of the England Championship, has died at the age of 81.

“Not only is Tottenham Hotspur’s historic goalkeeper, we are deeply saddened by the passing of Jimmy Greaves, the best goal scorer this country has ever seen,” the Spurs statement said.

In his statement, Chelsea said: “Those who have seen Greaves defend the ball between his legs very easily have publicly regarded him as the best scorer he has ever played for Chelsea FC. The best striker in the history of London football. English football.

Greaves was a member of the England team that won the title domestically in 1966, scoring 44 goals in 57 international matches.

His goal rate was staggering as he scored 357 first-class goals in the English Championship, another record.

He scored 266 goals for Tottenham in 379 appearances between 1961 and 1970. In the 1962-1963 season, he scored 37 league goals, which no Spurs player has ever beaten.

He began his career with Chelsea and scored his first game against Tottenham in 1957, while in the 1960-1961 season he scored 41 goals in the league, a record that no player has been able to beat since the “Blues”. During his career at Chelsea (1957-1961), he scored 124 goals in 157 league matches, plus a total of 132 goals in 8 Cup matches and 169 matches.

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He spent a short time with AC Milan in 1961, scoring nine goals in 14 appearances and returning to Tottenham to join England. He then played for West Ham and switched between modest clubs, retiring in 1980 and working as a television analyst.