For those who saw him play, he was simply the best. The great Jimmy Greaves passed away over the weekend aged 81, and the whole of the footballing world came together to pay tribute to one of the finest players of his or any generation.
Blessed with brilliant close control, balance and quickness – both of foot and mind – Greaves was a player far beyond his years and one surely who would’ve flourished in the modern game, having done so so successfully in the far less player-friendly conditions of his era.
Regardless of his other gifts, of which there were many, it was his goal scoring that set Greaves apart.
Join our new commenting forum
Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies