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Sport Souness hails 'true artist' Greaves as the 'greatest' ever goalscorer

17:26  19 september  2021
17:26  19 september  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Graeme Souness has hailed Jimmy Greaves as the 'greatest goal scorer of all time' after the former Tottenham and England striker passed away at the age of 81.

Spurs announced that their all-time record goal scorer and one of their greatest players in the club's history passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning.

He was widely regarded as the greatest goalscorer of his generation, scoring 447 goals across his club career including an unrivalled 266 for Tottenham, 132 strikes for fellow London club Chelsea and 44 goals in 57 games for England.

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Chelsea play Tottenham on Sunday afternoon, and Souness praised Greaves during the build-up for the first match of the day which pits another one of his former teams, West Ham against Manchester United.

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Souness said: 'My recollection is he was a unique talent. Strikers come in many different forms. If you're judging a striker on goalscoring he is the greatest ever.

'I don't think anyone could argue with that. I played with Ian Rush and worked with Robbie Fowler, they were great players, but he was even above them.

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'He was a mickey taker. I was amazed. He had big thighs, he was powerful but he seemed to glide over the pitch. He was a true artist. You have to put him as the greatest goalscorer ever.

'When he started you knew he was going to have an effort on goal. He was careful with his energy, how he used it. He wasn't a great trainer.'

Tottenham's statement on Sunday morning read:  'A statement from Tottenham read: 'We are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of the great Jimmy Greaves, not just Tottenham Hotspur's record goal scorer but the finest marksman this country has ever seen.

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'Throughout his wonderful 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 just eight League Cup ties and nine in 14 European matches.'

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Tottenham and West Ham have announced that they will wear black armbands in commemoration of Greaves' passing and Spurs will show graphics of their former striker around the stadium.

During his career, Greaves was part of the 1966 World Cup winning squad 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.

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