World Cup winner and Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton has passed away at the age of 86.
In a statement released by Charlton’s family on Saturday, October 21, 2023, it was announced that the former England international passed away in the early hours of Saturday morning.
“It is with great sadness that we share the news that Sir Bobby passed peacefully in the early hours of Saturday morning. He was surrounded by his family,” the statement reads in part.
Charlton played a pivotal role in England’s 1966 World Cup victory and is celebrated as one of the greatest players to have represented the Red Devils.
Over his illustrious 17-year first-team career with Manchester United, he secured three league titles, a European Cup, and an FA Cup.
“Sir Bobby was a hero to millions, not just in Manchester, or the United Kingdom, but wherever football is played around the world. Sir Bobby will always be remembered as a giant of the game,” Manchester United eulogized Sir Bobby Charlton.
He earned 106 caps for the England national team and scored 49 international goals, both of which stood as records for his country at that time.
Upon retirement, the Manchester United academy graduate went on to serve the club as a director for 39 years.
“His unparalleled record of achievement, character and service will be forever etched in the history of Manchester United and English football; and his legacy will live on through the life-changing work of the Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation,” added Manchester United.