Football legend Sir Bobby Charlton passes away at 86
LONDON — Renowned Manchester United and England football icon Sir Bobby Charlton has passed away at the age of 86. A key figure in England's 1966 World Cup victory, Charlton held records for his country with 106 caps and 49 international goals.
During his impressive 17-year tenure with Manchester United, he secured three league titles, a European Cup, and an FA Cup. Charlton's family confirmed his peaceful passing in the early hours of Saturday morning. In November 2020, he was diagnosed with dementia.
The family expressed their gratitude to all those who supported him and kindly requested privacy during this time. Manchester United paid a heartfelt tribute to Charlton, acknowledging his iconic status in the football world, emphasizing his sportsmanship, integrity, and contributions to both the club and English football.
His passing leaves Sir Geoff Hurst as the sole surviving member of the 1966 World Cup-winning team. Charlton's older brother Jack and fellow World Cup winner Nobby Stiles, both diagnosed with dementia, had previously passed away.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino and other football figures offered condolences and celebrated Charlton's immense impact on the game. Gary Lineker and Gary Neville, two prominent figures in English football, paid their respects, recognizing Charlton's greatness and legacy.