Tributes have been paid to legendary Tottenham and England star Jimmy Greaves MBE who has died at the age of 81.
Spurs announced that their all-time record goalscorer and one of the greatest players in the club’s history passed away early on Sunday morning.
Tributes have been paid to legendary England and Tottenham striker Jimmy Greaves
The greatest goalscorer of his generation died at the age of 81 early on Sunday morning
Tributes have flooded in since Tottenham broke the news on social media, with the club 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’
West Ham where Greaves spent one season added: ‘We are saddened to learn the news of the passing of Jimmy Greaves. The Club sends its deepest condolences to Jimmy’s family and friends.’
Former footballers have paid their respects with Rio Ferdinand writing: ‘Big loss to the footballing world.. sending my condolences to the Greaves family. First autobiography I ever read! Inspiration.’
Greaves also had spells at Chelsea, West Ham and AC Milan during a legendary career
Arsenal legend Ian Wright commented: ‘The first footballers name I ever heard from my teacher. ‘No Ian! Finish like Jimmy Greaves!’ May he rest in peace.’
Former Tottenham player Graham Roberts said: ‘So sorry to hear the death of the greatest striker of all time in England and my friend @jimmy_greaves and sorry to his wonderful family and my good pal Danny.
‘Very sad day for all and today let’s all show Jimmy our love from both clubs. Rip you great man.’
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville tweeted: ‘RIP Jimmy Greaves’ while co-pundit Jamie Carragher added: ‘RIP Jimmy Greaves the best goal scorer we’ve seen & the part of the best football show we’ve seen. #Legend.’
Greaves lifts the FA Cup with Joe Kinnear for Tottenham after the 1967 final against Chelsea
The Three Lions official Twitter account tweeted: ‘We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jimmy Greaves at the age of 81.
‘Jimmy was part of our World Cup winning squad and scored a remarkable 44 goals in 57 games for the #ThreeLions. All of our thoughts are with his family, friends and former clubs.
Former striker and TV pundit Tony Cottee tweeted: ‘I am so sad to hear the news about Jimmy Greaves… My thoughts go out to his family. There have been many great goalscorers over the years but none have been as good as him ! RIP Jimmy.’
TV presenter Dan Walker posted: ‘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.’
Piers Morgan posted on his Twitter account: ‘RIP Jimmy Greaves, 81. One of the greatest England footballers, brilliant broadcaster, fantastic bloke. Sad news.’
The news comes on a day where two of his former sides Tottenham and Chelsea face off in the Premier League.
Reacting on Sky Sports News, former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara said: ‘We are going to be able to witness that (grief) today, everyone will see it, and an amazing round of applause for him (at Tottenham v Chelsea).
‘It’s not easy to build a legacy at a club, Jimmy was an icon, football legend, Spurs have been very lucky to have such a great player as part of their club.
‘A truly sad day to have lost someone so great. He is definitely a legend.’