Ferdinand and Neville lead tributes to Jimmy Greaves as fans pay respect
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Tributes are flooding in for former Tottenham and England great Jimmy Greaves who has passed away at the age of 81.
The Spurs legend had been ill for some time after suffering a stroke in 2015 which left him wheelchair-bound and with severely impaired speech.
Tottenham said he had died at home on Sunday morning.
In a statement, the club said: "We are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of the great Jimmy Greaves, not just Tottenham Hotspur’s record goalscorer but the finest marksman this country has ever seen.
"Jimmy passed away at home in the early hours of this morning (Sunday 19 September), aged 81."
Greaves was – and remains – the greatest goalscorer in English top-flight history, with 357 goals in 516 matches, well over 70 clear of Newcastle United hero Alan Shearer in second on 283.
He was adored not just for his incredible goalscoring feats, but for TV work too, becoming one of half of one of TV's most popular double-acts on the iconic Saint & Greavsie.
Tributes have poured in for the ex-Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham striker following his sad passing.
Rio Ferdinand wrote: "Big loss to the footballing world.. sending my condolences to the Greaves family. First autobiography I ever read! Inspiration."
Ian Wright tweeted: "The first footballers name I ever heard from my teacher. "No Ian! Finish like Jimmy Greaves!" May he rest in peace."
Micky Hazard said: "Today we lost our greatest Jimmy Greaves. Words cannot explain how I feel and my thoughts and prayers go out to his wonderful family. Heaven has gained our hero and what a Spurs team we have up there. Rest in piece my friend, Jimmy you are simply the greatest Spur ever COYS."
Chris Sutton added: "This is really sad news. Jimmy Greaves was a genius."
Newcastle great Shearer wrote: "RIP Legend. Goals, Goals, Goals. A remarkable goal scorer."
Gary Neville tweeted simply: "RIP Jimmy Greaves" – with a love heart emoji.
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"RIP Jimmy Greaves. The best goal scorer we have seen & also part of the best football show we have ever seen. #Legend," added Neville's Sky Sports colleague, Jamie Carragher.
Greaves's sad passing happened on the same day two of his former clubs are due to meet, with Tottenham taking on Chelsea in the day's late kick-off.
Spurs captain Harry Kane posted his own tribute on social media before the match: "RIP Jimmy Greaves. A true legend and one of the great goalscorers. Thoughts are with his family and friends."
Tottenham's great rivals Arsenal also tweeted their condolences: "Everyone at Arsenal is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of World Cup winner Jimmy Greaves. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. Rest in peace, Jimmy."
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