Jimmy Greaves, the Premier League’s all-time top scorer with 357 goals, passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 81.
This was announced by Tottenham in a press release. Graves died at his home Sunday morning.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of the great Jimmy Greaves,” Tottenham wrote on Sunday.
He scored 266 goals in 379 games for Tottenham between 1961 and 1970, and is the club’s top scorer. Greaves is also the all-time leading scorer in the Premier League with 357 goals.
– It is sad to hear that Jim, my dear friend, is gone. Our friendship lasted long after profession. We will miss him, but his legacy as top goalscorer will live on, says Cliff Jones, the fifth-best player in Tottenham history.
Greaves won the FA Cup twice and the European Cup Winners’ Cup with Tottenham.
– A true legend, writes Tottenham captain Harry Kane.
Graves also played for a number of years at Chelsea where he scored 124 goals in 157 games. Later on Sunday, Chelsea and Tottenham will meet in the Premier League.
– Legend. Rest in peace, wrote Henry Winter, a Times commentator.
Greaves was part of the England team that won the gold medal at the 1966 World Cup. He scored 44 goals in 57 international matches. He scored four goals at Olival Stadium when England beat Norway 6-1 in a training match in the summer of 1966 before the World Cup.
In January, Graves was awarded the British Knights Medal MBE, an award from Queen Elizabeth, for her football efforts.
He had a stroke in 2015, and in recent years has struggled with health problems. Graves also struggled with alcohol after the end of his career, but he handled it right. His wife Erin told the Daily Mail in January that Graves took his first drops since 1978, a small glass of wine, when he was awarded an MBE this winter.
Graves has also played for AC Milan, West Ham, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Barnet and Woodford Town. Graves also worked a lot in the media after his football career.
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