Renowned football icon, Sir Bobby Charlton, who played a pivotal role in England’s triumphant 1966 World Cup victory, has sadly passed away at the age of 86. The former Manchester United legend peacefully left this world on Saturday, October 21, after courageously battling dementia, only a week after celebrating his birthday.
The Charlton family has experienced the devastating impact of dementia, as Sir Bobby’s brother Jack also succumbed to the disease at the age of 85 in July 2020. Another brother, Gordon, fought valiantly against both cancer and dementia, but succumbed to his illnesses in January at the age of 79.
In a statement issued by the family, it was expressed with deep sorrow that Sir Bobby departed in the early hours of Saturday morning, surrounded by loved ones. The family expressed their gratitude to all those who provided care for him and to the countless individuals who showed unwavering love and support throughout his journey. During this difficult time, the family kindly requests privacy.
Manchester United, the club Sir Bobby Charlton dedicated his career to, also mourned the loss of this legendary figure. In a statement, the club expressed their deep sadness and acknowledged that Sir Bobby was not only a hero to millions in Manchester and the United Kingdom but also a revered icon in the global football community.
Sir Bobby Charlton’s remarkable contributions to the sport are undeniable. He played an instrumental role in England’s World Cup win in 1966 and was honored with the prestigious Ballon d’Or later that same year. His prolific career at Manchester United saw him score an impressive 249 goals in 758 games, ultimately leading the team to their historic first-ever European Cup victory in 1968. Remarkably, despite being a midfielder, he found the back of the net an additional 49 times in 106 appearances for the English national team.