Roger Hunt died, a key piece of the famous "phantom goal" 1966 English

Roger Hunt, world champion with England in 1966 and Liverpool’s second all-time top scorer, died on Tuesday at the age of 83.

The former striker was part of the team that won the 1966 World Cup at Wembley, in which he played all six games and scored three goals, and is Liverpool’s top scorer in the English league, with 244 goals. In total he played 492 games with the “Reds” and scored 285 goals, which placed him as the best of the team in the field until the Welshman Ian Rush appeared, who scored 346.

But despite his many conquests, Roger Hunt will be remembered in a special way in England – and also in Germany – for having been the player who, with his celebration, “validated” the famous “ghost goal” of Geoff Hurst in extra time. from that 1966 finale.

With the match at Wembley tied at two and already in extra time, Hurst, author of the only treble in the history of the world finals, controlled a ball inside the area, turned and took a whip that hit the crossbar and rebounded On the line. Hunt, instead of hesitating, going to push the ball, or claim, just celebrated.

His confidence that the ball had crossed the line, in the middle of a Wembley with almost 100,000 people, was one of the arguments that convinced the Soviet Tofik Bakhramov, the linesman, and the Swiss Gottfried Dienst, the referee, to give the goal as valid.

Hunt was the Englishman who best witnessed how Hurst’s ball crossed the lime line or not. “Whenever they ask me, I respond with Roger’s reaction. He ran out to celebrate when he could have pushed the ball himself,” said Hurst when asked about the goal, the 3-2 goal (the game ended 4-2).

“We are very saddened to learn that Roger Hunt, who was a key member of our winning team in 1966, passed away at the age of 83. Our condolences to Roger’s family, friends and former clubs,” the account tweeted. of the English national team.

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“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 came to Liverpool at the age of 21, from an amateur team and with Billy Shankly, who took over the reins of the team just a few months later and rebuilt the glory of a team that roamed the English Second Division.

Known as the “Blonde Bomber”, Hunt was a nightmare for defenders, not only because of his scoring instincts but also because of his tireless hard work. With him in the lead, Liverpool rose to the First Division in 1962 and claimed the 1964 and 1966 season titles. In addition, his goals led the way to victory over Leeds United in the 1965 FA Cup, their first. in the club’s history.

Hunt left Liverpool in 1970, long before the club’s European glory began, but with a huge role in its local resurrection. His tribute, a couple of years later, brought together more than 55,000 people at Anfield and, according to legend, the gates of the field had to be closed hours before to avoid avalanches of people who wanted to fire one of the great legends of the club.

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