Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur said on Sunday that former England striker Jimmy Greaves has passed away at the age of 81.
Greaves, who suffered a stroke six years ago, started his career at Chelsea and scored a record 124 league goals for the London club between 1957 and 1961.
He played for Tottenham Hotspur in the 1961-70 season, scoring 266 goals in 379 games-a record that remains unchanged to this day.
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Greaves was a member of England’s 1966 World Cup champion team, scoring 44 goals in 57 international matches, making him second only to Wayne Rooney, Bobby Charlton and Gary Linek England’s fourth-highest scorer.
Greaves saved the trophy for Tottenham Hotspur in the 1962 FA Cup final and scored two goals in the 1963 European Cup Winners Cup final. In 1967 he won the FA Cup for Tottenham.
Greaves’ record of 357 goals in the top league in England has been unmatched in the 50 years since he retired as a professional player in 1971.