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Frank McLintock recalls Jimmy Greaves’ tunnel vision to score and compares him to Lionel Messi

‘He was the laziest player I came up against!’: Frank McLintock recalls Jimmy Greaves’ tunnel vision to score and compares him to Lionel Messi

Jimmy Greaves was a phenomenal player and stories of his dazzling brilliance on the ball keep coming. 

Former Scotland international and Arsenal star Frank McLintock had many battles against Greaves in north London derbies over the years. 

Here, he recalls what it was like to line up against the England great.  

He was one of the laziest players I played against! I would find myself saying to Jimmy: ‘I’ve had you in my pocket, I’ve kept you quiet for nearly 90 minutes, so how is it that you’ve scored two goals and won the game 2-1.’

I have read comments from his former team-mates in the Daily Mail this week, saying Bill Nicholson would always be telling him to get back and defend, and Jimmy would say he was saving his energy for scoring goals.

Well, that was typical.

Jimmy Greaves had a knack of scoring despite being a ‘lazy’ players, says Frank McLintock

People compare him a wee bit to Lionel Messi and they were…