Former England striker Roger Hunt, world champion in 1966 and Liverpool’s top league scorer, has died aged 83, the British club announced on Tuesday.

Former England striker Roger Hunt, world champion in 1966 and Liverpool’s top league scorer, has died aged 83, the British club announced on Tuesday.

“We mourn the passing of legendary former player Roger Hunt,” LFC said in a statement.

Roger Hunt spent 11 years with the English club and scored 244 league goals, a record unmatched since. He won two English league titles and an FA Cup.

Former Reds striker John Aldridge paid tribute on Twitter to one who was one “if not THE BEST Liverpool striker, SIR ROGER HUNT”.

Holder during the coronation of the England team against Germany (4-2) on July 30, 1966, Roger Hunt (34 caps, 18 goals) joined the sad list of the 1966 world champions who died, just a few days after Jimmy Greaves’ death at age 81 on September 19.

Former Liverpool footballer, 1966 world champion with England Roger Hunt (left) in 2006

Others like Jacky Charlton and Nobby Stiles died in 2020, Ray Wilson in 2018 and Martin Peters in 2019. All of them had Alzheimer’s disease. Captain Bobby Moore died in 1993 of cancer at the age of 51 and Alan Ball in 2007 of a heart attack.

Among the holders in the final, only Geoff Hurst, very weak after a stroke, George Cohen and Bobby Charlton, also suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, are still alive.

“Unfortunately, it seems too common these days for us to say goodbye to the giants of our club,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

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