FIFA World Cup winner Greaves, the leading goalscorer in the history of the English top flight, passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning.
One of the truly great goal scorers, terrific guy with an absolutely brilliant sense of humour, the best. It has been a difficult time for him, he can now rest in peace. https://t.co/TUtxghdXZA— Sir Geoff Hurst (@TheGeoffHurst) September 19, 2021
The clinical striker scored a staggering 357 goals in 516 First Division games and ended six seasons as the highest scorer.
Greaves is Spurs' record marksman, having found the back of the net an incredible 266 times in 379 appearances, and is fourth on the list of England's leading scorers, with 44 from 57 matches – including a record six hat-tricks.
He won the World Cup on home soil in 1966, but sustained an injury and had to watch on as Geoff Hurst, his replacement, scored a hat-trick in a dramatic final victory over West Germany at Wembley.
RIP Jimmy Greaves. A true legend and one of the great goalscorers. Thoughts are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/YYyLdeUHXi— Harry Kane (@HKane) September 19, 2021
Rest in peace, Jimmy ❤️— England (@England) September 19, 2021
RIP Jimmy Greaves, a football legend 💙 pic.twitter.com/MnexkbcSCU— Mateo Kovacic (@mateokovacic8) September 19, 2021
Everyone at Chelsea Football Club is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of the great Jimmy Greaves.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 19, 2021
Our thoughts are with his family and friends. 💙
Terribly sad news that Jimmy Greaves has died. Quite possibly the greatest striker this country has ever produced. A truly magnificent footballer who was at home both in the box and on the box. A charismatic, knowledgeable, witty and warm man. A giant of the sport. #ripGreavsie— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) September 19, 2021
Hurst tweeted: "One of the truly great goal scorers, terrific guy with an absolutely brilliant sense of humour, the best. It has been a difficult time for him, he can now rest in peace."
England captain and Spurs striker Kane also paid tribute to Greaves, who went on to become a brilliant broadcaster, ahead of Sunday's London derby with Chelsea.
He posted on social media: "RIP Jimmy Greaves. A true legend and one of the great goalscorers. Thoughts are with his family and friends."
Three Lions boss Southgate said the exploits of Greaves, who also played for Milan and West Ham, will never be forgotten.
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former player Jimmy Greaves. Our hearts go out to his friends and loved ones on this day of mourning. Although our time together was short, we’ll forever cherish the memories. Farewell, Jimmy. pic.twitter.com/St7Tk1pBte— AC Milan (@acmilan) September 19, 2021
❤️ We are deeply saddened to hear that Jimmy Greaves, one of England’s greatest ever natural goal scorers, has passed away.— UEFA (@UEFA) September 19, 2021
❤️ In 1963, his natural finishing skills helped Tottenham Hotspur win the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup – the first ever English club to lift a UEFA trophy. pic.twitter.com/MV69K1JJh0
He said in a statement: "Jimmy Greaves was someone who was admired by all who love football, regardless of club allegiances.
"I was privileged to able to meet Jimmy's family last year at Tottenham Hotspur as the club marked his 80th birthday. My thoughts are with them and I know the entire game will mourn his passing.
"Jimmy certainly deserves inclusion in any list of England's best players, given his status as one of our greatest goalscorers and his part in our 1966 World Cup success.
"We will pay tribute to his memory at our home match with Hungary at Wembley Stadium next month. His place in our history will never be forgotten."
Spurs stated: "We are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of the great Jimmy Greaves. We extend our deepest sympathies to Jimmy's family and friends at this sad time. Rest in peace, Jimmy."
Cliff Jones, a team-mate of Greaves' at Tottenham, posted: "Happy memories with my friend & teammate @jimmy_greaves. Condolences to Irene & family, love Cliff , Joan & all the Jones family xx"
Former Spurs and England midfielder Glenn Hoddle tweeted: "Such sad news this morning on Jimmy's passing. A true legend of the game, love and thoughts to all of Jimmy’s family. R.I.P."
We are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of the great Jimmy Greaves.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 19, 2021
We extend our deepest sympathies to Jimmy's family and friends at this sad time.
Rest in peace, Jimmy.
Ex-England striker Alan Shearer also paid tribute to Greaves, posting: "RIP Legend. Goals, Goals, Goals. A remarkable goal scorer."
🙏 RIP Jimmy Greaves— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) September 19, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of England legend Jimmy Greaves following the sad news of his passing today at the age of 81
🌳🔴 #NFFC pic.twitter.com/j9I0psKJAB
Shearer's former England team-mate Michael Owen wrote: "Sad to hear that the Great Jimmy Greaves passed away earlier today. He was a generation before my time but my dad always said he was the best finisher in the game. Rest In Peace Jimmy."
RIP Jimmy Greaves ⚽️ one of the greatest ever goal scorers to grace the game. Jimmy was also a real funny man with a dry sense of humour & Saint & Greavsie was ground breaking for ex footballers ⚽️ RIP Jimmy pic.twitter.com/sjv1Jm4d72— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) September 19, 2021
Ian Wright was another prolific striker to pay tribute, posting: "The first footballer's name I ever heard from my teacher. "No Ian! Finish like Jimmy Greaves!" May he rest in peace."
The first footballers name I ever heard from my teacher. "No Ian! Finish like Jimmy Greaves!"— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) September 19, 2021
May he rest in peace ❤️😢 https://t.co/mvz0k1VHws