Best scorer ever of the then First Division (now Premier) and his Tottenham, he suffered a stroke in 2015. World champion in 1966
Jimmy Greaves, one of England’s greatest strikers ever, best scorer in First Division history (before it became Premier League) and winner of the 1966 World Cup, passed away at the age of 81. “We are extremely saddened. in learning of the disappearance of the great Jimmy Greaves, not only the top scorer of Tottenham Hotspur, but the best shooter this country has ever seen – reads the statement from the London club -. Jimmy died at home in the early hours of this Sunday morning ” .
Regarded as one of the top scorers of his generation, Greaves made a name for himself at Chelsea, scoring 132 goals in 169 games between 1957-1961. Then the transfer to Italy, to Milan, where he stayed for a short time (9 goals in just 10 games). Due to incompatibility with Nereo Rocco, he returns to England prematurely. He shows the best at Tottenham: 266 goals in 379 appearances, Spurs ‘all-time top scorer and member of the historic team that won the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963 (the first European trophy won by an English club).
With the national team, Greaves scored 44 goals (6 hat-tricks) in 57 appearances. At the 1966 World Cup he played in all three group games, but was injured in the last of those, against France, and lost his place to Geoff Hurst, who was decisive in the final against West Germany. . However, he is also a world champion. Greaves is England’s fourth all-time top scorer, behind Gary Lineker, Bobby Charlton and Wayne Rooney.
In his life Greaves struggled with alcoholism and battled his addiction for years. In 2003 he told the Guardian: “I completely lost the 70s. They passed me by. I was drunk from 1972 to 1977. I woke up one morning and realized it was a different world. I lived in it, but I wasn’t aware of it. “After a stint at West Ham United, Greaves retired from football in 1980 and reinvented himself as a TV columnist and columnist. In 2009, after a long fan campaign, he was awarded the World Cup winner’s medal, which he had not had, only to resell it in 2014. In May 2015, Greaves suffered a severe stroke that left him in a wheelchair and revealed in the following February that doctors they said he would never be able to walk again.
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