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Bobby Charlton's death: “Greatest English player”, minute's silence in Barcelona… Football world pays tribute to 1966 Ballon d'Or

Bobby Charlton's death: “Greatest English player”, minute's silence in Barcelona… Football world pays tribute to 1966 Ballon d'Or

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Manchester United announced this Saturday that Sir Bobby Charlton has died at the age of 86. The football world was quick to pay tribute to the 1966 Ballon d'Or, considered one of the greatest English players ever.

“Sir Bobby Charlton CBE, 1937-2023. Words will not suffice.” It was with this sentence that Manchester United announced the death of Sir Bobby Charlton at the age of 86 in a very sobering tweet this Saturday afternoon. The football world was quick to respond and pay tribute to the former attacking midfielder who won the Ballon d'Or in 1966 and the World Cup with England the same year.

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Sir Bobby Charlton CBE, 1937-2023.

Words will never be enough.

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 21, 2023

A true legend of English football, the FA immediately responded: “It is with a heavy heart that we learn of the death of Sir Bobby Charlton. […] A true legend of our game, Sir Bobby.

It is with a heavy heart that we learn of the passing of Sir Bobby Charlton.

An integral part of our 1966 FIFA World Cup winning campaign, Sir Bobby won 106 caps and scored 49 times. #Three Lions.

A true legend of our sport. Bobby, we will never forget you pic.twitter.com/Ft9MlutBWm

— England (@England) October 21, 2023

English clubs have also paid tribute to the former attacking midfielder. “We are very sorry to learn of the passing of Sir Bobby Charlton and everyone at Chelsea Football Club is deeply saddened by the news of Sir Bobby Charlton's passing,” Chelsea said.

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Everyone at Chelsea Football Club is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Sir Bobby Charlton.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone at Manchester United at this difficult time. ? pic.twitter.com/fNRuPo1vIF

— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 21, 2023

English football legends like Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville also have small words for Bobby Charlton. The latter specifically asserted that Sir Bobby was “the best player in English football”.

“The Greatest Players in English Football.”

Gary Neville's moving tribute after the tragic passing of Sir Bobby Charlton ❤️ pic.twitter.com/I1TraqPHUZ

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 21, 2023

The former Manchester United central defender wrote to Sir Bobby about his fitness.

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Sir Bobby?

Icon, legend, great! These words are hurled by all of us at 100% undeserving people, especially when you compare to a man of Sir Bobby's caliber.
What a true man, not many words, but when he spoke you stood still, you ceased to be what you were … pic.twitter.com/g8lp2vFGqr

— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) October 21, 2023

Far from England, in Spain and more precisely in Catalonia, FC Barcelona, ​​who were in a crowd at the announcement of Bobby Charlton's death, interrupted everything for a minute's silence before a long standing ovation.

Parliament's minute's silence on Sir Bobby Charlton's achievement? pic.twitter.com/cVpJEArdVP

— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_cat) October 21, 2023

A football legend passed away this Saturday.

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