- Tottenham and England legend Jimmy Greaves has died at the age of 81
- His two former sides Tottenham and Chelsea face off on Sunday afternoon
- Before the match, Graeme Souness praised the legendary striker
- Souness honors ‘unique talent’ Greaves as ‘greatest’ goal scorer
- Obituary: Jimmy Greaves was a great mentor and most feared goal scorer
Graeme Souness has called Jimmy Greaves the ‘greatest goal scorer of all time’ after the former Tottenham and England striker died at the age of 81.
Spurs announced that their all-time record goal scorer and one of their greatest players in club history died early Sunday morning.
He was widely regarded as the greatest goalkeeper of his generation, scoring 447 goals in his club career, including an unmatched 266 for Tottenham, 132 strikes for fellow London club Chelsea and 44 in 57 games for England. goals included.
Tottenham confirmed Jimmy Greaves died Sunday morning at the age of 81
Graeme Souness calls ‘true artist’ Greaves ‘greatest’ goalscorer of all time
Souness played with some of the best forwards of his time but believed Greaves was above class.
Speaking on Sky Sports he said: ‘I remember he was a unique talent. Strikers come in many different forms. If you are judging a striker on the basis of goals scored, he is the greatest of all time.
‘I don’t think anyone can argue with that. I played with Ian Rush and worked with Robbie Fowler, he was a great player, but he was above him.
‘He was a Mickey Taker. I was surprised. He had big thighs, he was powerful but he seemed to slip on the pitch. He was a true artist. You have to keep him as the greatest goalscorer of all time.
Souness said Greaves was a unique talent as he paid tribute to him on Sky Sports on Sunday
Souness played with great forwards like Ian Rush, but said Greaves was above them all
‘When he started you knew he was going to try on target. He was mindful of his energy in how he used it. He was not a great coach.’
A statement from Tottenham on Sunday morning read: ‘We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the great Jimmy Greaves, not only Tottenham Hotspur’s record goalscorer but also the best this country has ever produced. Shooter.
“During his illustrious playing career, Jimmy’s strike rate was phenomenal. His Spurs return was 266 goals in 379 appearances between 1961 and 1970 – 220 goals in 321 league games, 32 goals in 36 FA Cup ties, five in only eight League Cup ties and nine in 14 European matches.
His two former sides, Tottenham and Chelsea, face off in the Premier League on Sunday
Tottenham and West Ham announced that they would wear black stripes to commemorate Greaves’s death and featured graphics of their former striker around the Spurs stadium.
During his career, Greaves was part of the 1966 World Cup winning team with England, won the FA Cup twice during the 1960s and also helped Spurs to the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963.
Greaves had been suffering from poor health since a stroke in 2015.