Jimmy Greaves’ contribution to English football was awarded an MBE on the New Year Honors List

Greaves, who turned 80 in February, along with former midfielder Ron Flowers became the last surviving member of the English squad that won the 1966 World Cup

Greaves scored 44 goals in 57 games for his country, but an injury in the final group game of the 1966 finals resulted in his losing his place on the team to Sir Geoff Hurst, who scored a hat-trick during the final win over West Germany Greaves watched from the sidelines

By 2017, Greaves held the record for most career goals in the top five leagues in Europe with 366 The Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo finally surpassed him

He moved to AC Milan shortly before the highest wage in England was abolished in 1961 Despite continuing to score impressive goals, he did not settle in Italy and returned to England with Tottenham before the end of the year

He became one of the greats at Spurs and holds the club’s record with 268 goals In 1962 and 1967 he won the FA Cup and in 1963 the European Cup Winners’ Cup In the same year the club was second old First Division

He moved to West Ham in 1970 under an exchange agreement with the late Martin Peters, but began struggling with alcoholism

Greaves defeated his addiction and made a career as an expert Between 1985 and 1992 he presented the Saint & Greavsie Show with his former professional Ian St John

Greaves suffered a stroke in May 2015 that left him in a wheelchair and with severely impaired speech

Flowers, 86, was a non-playing member of the 1966 squad. He won 49 caps for his country and spent most of his professional career with Wolves

In a statement released through Tottenham, Greaves said: “It is a great honor for me to receive this recognition for services to football from Her Majesty the Queen

“Football has been my life from the day I started kicking a ball at home in Essex as a kid, until I signed for Chelsea at 15, then to Milan, those wonderful nine years at Spurs, then West Ham and later my work on TV and in the media

“There have been ups and downs, but it’s a game that I will always love and always be a part of me. I want to dedicate this award to Irene, my family and friends. Thank you for all your love and support” P>

Daniel Levy, chairman of Tottenham, added: “As someone who continues to be the club’s top scorer and is adored by generations of fans across the country for his achievements in the game, we believe this recognition is well deserved

“The news means we’re ending this challenging year on a very positive note – Jimmy continues to inspire us all”

Greaves’ son Danny posted a message on Facebook thanking his father’s teammates and colleagues and the public for the “tremendous support, love and kindness you have shown my father over many, many years “

“I think if you had told my father as a little boy that he was being honored by the Queen, he would probably have smiled and said if he had kicked a ball as a little boy and just did what he liked would have done something like “Yeah, okay” “wrote Danny

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Source: https://www.bt.com/sport/news/2020/december/england-and-tottenham-great-jimmy-greaves-receives-mbe-in-new-year-honours-list