Jimmy Greaves: The Tottenham and England legend’s incredible numbers as former striker turns 80
Feb. 20, 2020
One of England’s true footballing greats, Jimmy Greaves, turns 80 on Thursday.
Greaves was and remains the greatest goalscorer in the history of the English top flight, with stats comparable to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the modern era.
He starred for Chelsea, AC Milan, Tottenham and West Ham among others, winning the hearts and minds of millions as one half of Saint and Greavsie post-retirement.
But he has never been recognised in any honours list, he missed England’s crowning glory at the 1966 World Cup and his unique story hasn’t reached modern audiences.
Greavsie, the latest instalment in BT Sport’s acclaimed series of feature-length documentaries , tells the tale of the meteoric rise, tragic fall and glorious reinvention of one of England’s greatest strikers with rarely seen archive footage and interviews with some of the game’s biggest names.
Below, talkSPORT.com takes a look at the incredible numbers behind Greaves’ prolific career.
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44 – international goals, fourth on England’s all-time list behind Wayne Rooney, Sir Bobby Charlton and Gary Lineker.
57 – caps for his country, far fewer than any other England player with 40 or more goals.
6 – international hat-tricks, still a record. That includes four-goal hauls against Northern Ireland in 1963 and Norway in 1966.
41 – league goals for Chelsea in the 1960-61 season, during which he turned 21.
£99,999 – fee paid by Tottenham to sign him from AC Milan – manager Bill Nicholson was seeking to protect Greaves from the pressure of being Britain’s first £100,000 player.
266 – goals in his 10 years at Tottenham, making him the club’s record scorer. He is also seventh on Chelsea’s all-time list with 132.
5 – major honours won in his career – the 1966 World Cup with England, two FA Cups and a European Cup Winners’ Cup with Spurs and a Serie A title with Milan.
780 – Greaves’ England legacy number, issued in November 2019 to mark the Three Lions’ 1,000th international match and meaning he was the 780th man to play for England.
2009 – the year Greaves was awarded a World Cup medal – he had been excluded having not played in the 1966 final but a change in FIFA rules saw all squad members rewarded.
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