Tottenham Hotspur legend and 1966 World Cup winner Jimmy Greaves is in intensive care after suffering “a severe stroke”.
It’s the second stroke in four years for the Essex-born Greaves, 75, a 57-times capped England player who notched 44 international goals and a further 268 for Spurs. In the 1980s and early 1990s, he worked in broadcasting.
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His family released a statement. From Sky News:
It read: “Football legend Jimmy Greaves suffered a severe stroke on Sunday 3 May, and is in intensive care in hospital.
“His wife, Irene, and four children have asked for privacy during what is a worrying time for the family.
“They will issue a bulletin on his condition when it is appropriate.”
Greaves also played for Chelsea, AC Milan and West Ham United during the prime of his career, later returning to the pitch in the lower levels of England as he attempted to beat alcoholism.
Back in 2013, Greaves made our list of the Top 100 players to play in England’s top flight, and he scored seven goals over two World Cup tournaments in 1962 and 1966.