“He was the laziest player I came across!”: Frank McLintock remembers Jimmy Greaves’ tunnel vision to score and compares it to Lionel Messi
Jimmy Greaves was a phenomenal player and stories about his beautiful sparkle keep coming.
The former Scotland international and Arsenal star Frank McLintock had many battles over the years against Greaves in North London derbies.
Here he remembers what it was like to stand in line against England.
He was one of the laziest players I played against! I notice that I say to Jimmy: “I had you in my pocket, I kept you quiet for almost 90 minutes, so how come you scored two goals and won the game 2-1.”
I read comments from his former teammates this week in the Daily Mail, which said that Bill Nicholson would always tell him to come back and defend, and Jimmy would say he saved his energy for scoring goals.
Well, that was typical.
Jimmy Greaves had a talent for scoring, despite being a ‘lazy’ player, says Frank McLintock
People compare him a little bit with Lionel Messi and they looked very similar. The goals scored by Jimmy would be placed in the corners.
Even if he was 20 meters outside, you would rarely see him hit a rocket. He just didn’t seem to have to do that.
He had the ability to mislead defenders and keepers. This was at a time when pitches were a disgrace compared to now and a lot of players tried to kick knots out of him. It was the only way they could compete.
McLintock often proved for Arsenal in the North London derby against Greaves
He was a magical player and always had a nice, light-hearted attitude. Quick to make quips. Never dirty or over the top. Never remove the mickey from the opposition.
As soon as he was out of the field, he would become an ordinary working man again.
He liked a drink and a joke and showed a lot of courage to turn his back on alcohol.
I’m so happy what Sportsmail does for him. It has brought back good memories and to see him honored would be great. “Sir Jimmy” – I would love that.
Greaves rarely hammered the ball on the goal and chose to choose the corners
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