One of English soccer’s finest attackers died at 81, the Guardian newspaper reported Friday, citing an unnamed friend.
Jimmy Greaves, who scored more than 500 career goals and was considered one of the most skilful players of his generation, suffered from depression, the newspaper reported. He is survived by his wife, Tricia, and a daughter from a previous marriage.
A popular figure throughout his career, Greaves was an important part of the Tottenham Hotspur side that reached the European Cup final in 1960, but also had spells with Aston Villa, Arsenal and Bournemouth.
“He always hoped to have many more seasons left in him,” Tony Parks, the editor of The Sun newspaper’s Sky Sports Web site, said. “Jimmy was a great sportsman and an absolutely great person, with a wicked sense of humor.
“For a long time he fought depression and there was talk that he needed treatment. He didn’t want to talk about it, but what a great champion he was.”
Known for his creativity and unpredictability, Greaves was England’s record scorer in a year when he led England to World Cup glory, scoring 18 goals in 15 appearances.
He was taken to hospital a week ago, the Guardian said, and died while receiving treatment there.
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