The Chelsea and Spurs hero who puts Wayne Rooney and Thierry Henry in the shade

first_img Jimmy Greaves England captain Wayne Rooney has the international record of Jimmy Greaves in his sights, but in truth the Manchester United striker’s goal tally pales by comparison.For the uninitiated, Greaves is quite probably the greatest goal-getter in English football history.In just 57 outings for the England team, Greaves scored 44 goals, which amounts to a staggering 0.77 goals per game.To put that in context, Rooney has 41 in 97 caps and, though he has a great opportunity to get closer to Greaves’ total when he leads the Three Lions against San Marino, it is worth recalling the feats of his illustrious predecessor.Here is a selection of Greaves’ incredible achievements…357 goals in 516 English top flight matches (a goal every 1.45 games)The Premier League’s record goal scorer, Alan Shearer, hit 283 goals in 559 top flight games (23 in the old First Division and 260 in the Premier League), averaging 1.97 games per goal.Thierry Henry – widely regarded as the greatest attacker in the Premier League era – bagged 175 goals in 258 Premier League games, a goal every 1.47 games.No player has scored more goals than Jimmy Greaves in the 126-year history of English football’s top division.101 goals in 126 gamesGreaves’ record over three successive seasons between 1962 and 1965, as the First Division’s top scorer. He top scored in six top flight seasons overall.41 goals in 42 games (0.97 goals per game)Greaves’ Chelsea record during the 1960/61 season.20 years and 290 daysThe age Greaves was when he became the youngest ever player to score 100 league goals.Five debut goalsGreaves scored a goal on each of his four club debuts, for Chelsea, AC Milan, Tottenham and West Ham, plus his international debut for England.266 goals in 379 gamesGreaves’ record total haul for Tottenham, where he played between 1961 and 1970.Has there ever been a greater striker in English football? Share your thoughts… 1last_img read more