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Born to score goals Jimmy is one of the most naturally gifted and prolific strikers of any era. He had an iconic career that lasted three wonderful decades.

Jimmy marked his debut for Chelsea as a 17 year old in 1957 with a goal. He spent four seasons at Stamford Bridge and scored an incredible 124 times in just 157 appearances.

It was at Tottenham Hotspur that he truly established himself as one of the games greats. Greaves was signed by Bill Nicholson in 1961 after a brief and unhappy sojourn in Italy with AC Milan, he found his spiritual home at White Hart Lane and his arrival in North London was the beginning of a 9-year love affair between the player and the club.

Greaves finished as the leagues top scorer in four separate seasons with Spurs and his goals helped the club lift the FA Cup in 1962 & 1967.

In 1963, he was part of the Tottenham team who became the first British side to lift a European trophy after they famously beat Atletico Madrid 5-1 in the final of the Cup Winners Cup.

When Jimmy turned 30 in 1970 he left Tottenham having rewritten the club's record books. In total, he scored a breathtaking 266 goals in 379 games for the Lilywhites and is still widely regarded as the greatest striker in Tottenhams history.

Greaves marked his international debut against Peru in 1959 with a goal and over the next eight years he scored 44 times for his country. He is third on the all-time England goal scorers list behind Bobby Charlton and Gary Linaker but his goals per game ratio remains superior to both.

He was robbed to play in the 1966 World Cup Final due to an injury however his impact on the international stage was undimmed by the cruel twist of fate he will forever be remembered as one of England's greatest ever strikers.

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