Former English striker Roger Hunt, world champion in 1966 and Liverpool’s top scorer in the Premier League, died aged 83, the British club announced on Tuesday.
Liverpool said Hunt died on Monday after a prolonged illness.
“We regret the death of legendary former player Roger Hunt,” the LFC declared in a statement. At this time, a cause of death has not been released. however, he might have died due to old age.
Roger Hunt spent eleven years with the Northern England club and scored 244 goals in the league, a record that remains today, winning two leagues and an FA Cup with the Reds.
Former club striker John Aldridge paid tribute on Twitter to the one who was “one (of the best), if not the BEST Liverpool striker, SIR ROGER HUNT”.
Starting in the 1966 World Cup final in which England defeated Germany (4-2) on 30 July 1966, Roger Hunt (34 games, 18 goals) joins the sad list of late 1966 world champions, just a few days after the death of Jimmy Greaves at the age of 81, on September 19th.
Others like Jacky Charlton and Nobby Stiles passed away in 2020, Ray Wilson in 2018, and Martin Peters in 2019. They all suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Captain Bobby Moore died in 1993 of cancer, aged 51, and Alan Ball, in 2007, of a heart attack.
Among the holders of the 1966 World Cup final, only Geoff Hurst greatly weakened after suffering a stroke, George Cohen and Bobby Charlton, also stricken with Alzheimer’s disease, are still alive.
“Unfortunately, it seems very often that we say goodbye to the giants of our club,” lamented Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp.
“We mourn the passing of legendary player Roger Hunt. Everyone’s thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time,” Liverpool said in a statement.
Hunt, who was the only Liverpool player to play in the World Cup final against Germany in ’66, won two English leagues and an FA Cup with Liverpool in his eleven years at Anfield. After leaving the Merseyside club in 1970, he spent two seasons at Bolton Wanderers, where he scored 24 goals, before retiring.