MANCHESTER: Sir Bobby Charlton, the revered football legend who played an integral role in England’s historic 1966 World Cup victory and made an indelible mark on Manchester United, has passed away at the age of 86.
Charlton’s illustrious career saw him earn 106 caps for the England national team, during which he scored 49 international goals, records that stood for his country at the time. His remarkable journey at Manchester United, spanning 17 years, was studded with three league titles, a European Cup, and an FA Cup.
In a statement released by Charlton’s family, they confirmed his peaceful passing in the early hours of Saturday. In addition, they expressed their gratitude for the care and support he received, while kindly requesting that the family’s privacy be respected during this period of profound loss.
Sir Bobby Charlton’s legacy extends beyond the pitch, as he was hailed as “England’s greatest player” and “an undisputed legend.” His status as a global football icon is undeniable, and his sportsmanship and integrity were just as celebrated as his exceptional skills.
Manchester United, in acknowledging the magnitude of his contributions, described him as “one of the greatest and most beloved players in the history of our club.” They lauded his heroic presence, both within and outside of the UK, and underscored his lasting influence on football worldwide.
Charlton’s remarkable achievements, unwavering character, and enduring service will forever be etched into the annals of Manchester United and English football. His profound impact continues through the Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation, which engages in life-changing work.
The heartfelt condolences of Manchester United are extended to Lady Norma, Sir Bobby’s wife, as well as his daughters, grandchildren, and all those who held him dear. The football world mourns the loss of a true legend.