Tributes for Jimmy Greaves have flown in from across the footballing world after his death was sadly announced on Sunday morning.
Dubbed as arguably Tottenham’s greatest ever player, Greaves was instrumental in the Lilywhites’ golden era of the 1960’s, winning 2 FA Cups and a European Cup Winners Cup in his time in north London.
And having won the FIFA World Cup in 1966, Greaves has firmly etched himself into the hearts of adoring fans across the nation.
Tottenham lead the tributes for the England legend, tweeting: “We are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of the great Jimmy Greaves. We extend our deepest sympathies to Jimmy’s family and friends at this sad time. Rest in peace, Jimmy.”
Greaves enjoyed a fruitful career not only in England, but in Europe too.
Having joined Chelsea aged 15, the striker went on to score 132 goals in 169 games at Stamford Bridge – including 41 goals in 40 league games in 1960-61 – before a move to AC Milan beckoned.
He scored 9 goals in 14 appearances for the Rossoneri, although a tempered relationship with boss Nereo Rocco meant that he moved back to England.
And it was the move back to England, or Spurs specifically, where he excelled – scoring 266 goals in 381 games at White Hart Lane.
“The first footballers name I ever heard from my teacher. ‘No Ian! Finish like Jimmy Greaves!’ May he rest in peace,” Wright said.
Elsewhere, former England defender Gary Neville offered his condolences by saying “RIP Jimmy Greaves.”
BBC presenter Dan Walker wrote: “My dad loved watching Jimmy Greaves on the pitch and I loved watching him on the TV. His 44 goals for England came in just 57 games!!! Incredible footballer and a big part of so many people’s lives. Very sad to hear about his death.”
And Piers Morgan said: “RIP Jimmy Greaves, 81. One of the greatest England footballers, brilliant broadcaster, fantastic bloke. Sad news.”
Tottenham play Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, where both teams will pay their respects to a former legend.