Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton passed away on Saturday. He celebrated his 86th birthday ten days ago, on October 11.
“It is with great sadness that we share the news that Sir Bobby passed away peacefully in the early hours of Saturday morning. He was surrounded by his family,” Charlton’s family announced a short time ago.
Charlton’s wife, Lady Norma Charlton, announced in 2020 that he had been diagnosed with dementia.
“Manchester United is in mourning over the passing of Sir Bobby Charlton, one of the greatest and most loved players in the history of our club,” the football club said this afternoon in response to the news of Charlton’s passing.
Charlton, who spent most of his career at Manchester United and played a key role in England’s 1966 World Cup victory, made 758 appearances for United and scored 249 goals for the club.
“Sir Bobby was a hero to millions, not just in Manchester or the United Kingdom, but wherever football is played around the world.
“He was admired for his sportsmanship and integrity as well as for his outstanding qualities as a footballer. Sir Bobby will always be remembered as a giant of the game.”
Charlton, a survivor of the Munich air disaster in 1958 which claimed the lives of eight of his United teammates, recovered to win the Football World Cup with England in 1966 and the European Cup two years later with United.
Later in his career, Charlton was a director at Old Trafford and was knighted in June 1994.
“It is with a heavy heart that we learned of the death of Sir Bobby Charlton. An integral part of our 1966 World Cup winning campaign, Sir Bobby won 106 games and scored 49 times for the #ThreeLions. A true legend of our game. We will never forget you, Sir Bobby,” the England football team said this afternoon,
When Charlton retired from international football in 1970, his 106 games was an English record. This places him joint seventh on the country’s current record list.