The former Red Devils midfielder, who won the World Cup in 1966, has died at the age of 86, the English club announced this Saturday, October 21.
The football world is in mourning. English player Bobby Charlton, 1966 world champion and former Manchester United star, has died at the age of 86, the English club announced this Saturday, October 21. “Manchester United are in mourning following the death of Sir Bobby Charlton, one of the greatest and most loved players in the club’s history.” Write “Red Devils”. In a press release.
Born on October 11, 1937 in Ashington, a working-class town in the north-east of England, Bobby Charlton joined United at the age of 15. He made his Premier League debut in 1956 and became English champions the following year in the red jersey of United. In 1958, he survived the Munich air crash in which eight of his teammates died, a dark chapter in the club’s history.
“Sir Bobby scored 249 goals in 758 appearances for Manchester United over 17 years, winning the European Cup, three league titles and the FA Cup” Details in club press release. Charlton’s fate is linked to the Mancunian club as he was part of Manchester United’s sporting management for 39 years after he retired as a player. His unparalleled achievement, his character and sense of service will forever be etched in the history of Manchester United and English football.Read more in the press release.
His double against Portugal in 1966
Bobby Charlton’s light radiates beyond Old Trafford Stadium, with his statue in front of it. For England, the midfielder earned 106 caps and scored 49 goals. He was part of the team that lifted the World Cup on home soil in 1966, notably scoring a brace in Eusebio’s semi-final against Portugal. In the same year, he would be awarded the Ballon d’Or, famed for his mighty strikes. He also leaves behind the memory of a man who became a symbol of elegance and sportsmanship.