Tributes pour in for Jimmy Greaves as Tottenham and England legend passes away aged 81

Jimmy Greaves in action for Tottenham against Celtic in 1967 (Picture: Getty Images)

The football world is paying its respects to Jimmy Greaves after the Tottenham, Chelsea and England legend sadly passed away aged 81 on Sunday.

An incredible goal-scorer throughout his career, Greaves netted 266 times for Spurs in all competitions, winning the FA Cup twice and the European Cup Winners Cup with the club.

This was after scoring 132 goals for Chelsea from 1957-61 and spending a short spell at AC Milan, where he won the Serie A title.

He was also prolific for his country, scoring 44 times for England in just 57 appearances.

After his stunning playing career, Greaves went on to host Saint and Greavsie alongside Ian St John from 1985 to 1992 on ITV, a hugely popular football show which saw the two men chat through issues in the game and the day’s action.

Greaves remains Tottenham’s all-time greatest goal-scorer and the man trying to hunt down his record, Harry Kane, was quick to pay tribute to the great man.

Kane tweeted: ‘RIP Jimmy Greaves. A true legend and one of the great goal-scorers. Thoughts are with his family and friends.’

Fellow Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle added: ‘Such sad news this morning on Jimmy’s passing. A true legend of the game, love and thoughts to all of Jimmy’s family. R.I.P.’

Another Spurs icon, Osvaldo Ardiles wrote: ‘RIP Jimmy. Great player, great man. Very funny. Humble. Jimmy epitomises what Spurs is: “To dare is to do.”

‘”When you come to meet the great goal-scorer in heaven it matters not if you win or lose but how you played the game”. My prayers and thoughts with his family and friends.’

Former Tottenham captain Ledley King simply added: ‘RIP LEGEND.’

Sky Sports’ Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher both commented, with the former Liverpool man writing: ‘RIP Jimmy Greaves. The best goal scorer we have seen & also part of the best football show we have ever seen.’

Alan Shearer, the Premier League’s all-time top goal-scorer, paid tribute to Greaves’ incredible ability to find the back of the net, writing: ‘RIP Legend. Goals, Goals, Goals. A remarkable goal scorer.’

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