Bobby Charlton, a World Cup winner with England, has died at the age of 86 – Magazine Creations

Bobby Charlton, England’s World Cup winner and Manchester United legend, has died at the age of 86 France Press agency A statement on behalf of Charlton’s family was quoted as saying.

“It is with great sadness that we announce that Sir Bobby passed away peacefully in the early hours of Saturday morning. He was surrounded by his family.” France Press agency Quoting a statement on behalf of the Charlton family.

The statement added: “His family would like to express their thanks to everyone who contributed to his care and to the many people who loved and supported him.”

Charlton was a key member of the 1966 World Cup-winning England squad.

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At club level with Manchester United, he enjoyed great success and became the first English club to win the European Cup in 1968, a decade after members of the team were killed in a plane crash in Munich.

Charlton was diagnosed with dementia in 2020 and as the disease spread he stopped attending matches at Old Trafford.

United posted a photo of Charlton on X, formerly known as Twitter, with the caption: “Words will never be enough.”

Alongside his brother Jack, who died aged 85 in 2020, the midfielder played in a World Cup final and made 106 caps for England, scoring 49 goals.

Making his United debut in 1956, Charlton played 758 games for the Red Devils, scoring 249 goals. He won three league titles, three trophies and one FA Cup at Old Trafford, and after leaving United in 1973 and becoming Preston manager, he returned to Old Trafford after 11 years as club manager. He was knighted for services to football in 1994.

The club, competing in the English Premier League, said in a statement, “Manchester United is in a state of mourning after the death of Sir Bobby Charlton, one of the greatest and most famous players in the history of our club.”

“Sir Bobby was a hero to millions, not just in Manchester or the UK, but wherever football was played around the world.

The statement of the club, which competes in the English Premier League, said: “He was greatly admired for his sportsmanship and integrity as much as he was admired for his outstanding qualities as a footballer. Sir Bobby will always be remembered as one of the giants of the game.”

With agency input.

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Updated: October 21, 2023, 10:27 PM IST


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