The football world is mourning the loss of a true legend, Sir Bobby Charlton, who passed away on Saturday, October 21, at the age of 86.
While the exact cause of death remains undisclosed, his family has confirmed the peaceful nature of his departure in a statement.
“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,” a statement from the Charlton family read.
“His family would like to pass on their thanks to everyone who has contributed to his care and for the many people who have loved and supported him. We would request that the family’s privacy be respected at this time.”
Sir Bobby Charlton is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, and was a key member of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup.
He scored 249 goals in 758 appearances for Manchester United, and was the club’s all-time leading goalscorer until Wayne Rooney broke his record in 2017. He also scored 49 goals in 106 appearances for England.
Charlton was a World Cup winner in 1966, and was also a European Cup winner with Manchester United in 1968. His exceptional contributions earned him knighthood in 1974.
Tributes have been pouring in from across the football world, with former players, managers, and fans all paying their respects to Sir Bobby Charlton.
Manchester United said in a statement: “Sir Bobby was a hero to millions, not just in Manchester, or the United Kingdom, but wherever football is played around the world. He was admired as much for his sportsmanship and integrity as he was for his outstanding qualities as a footballer; Sir Bobby will always be remembered as a giant of the game.”
Arsenal football club tweeted, “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Sir Bobby Charlton. Our thoughts are with Sir Bobby’s family, friends and everyone connected with Manchester United at this time. May he rest in peace.
Chelsea Football club added, “Our thoughts and prayers are with all of his family, friends and those at Manchester United at this difficult time.”
Following his illustrious career, which included winning the European Cup, three league titles, and the FA Cup during 17 years with Manchester United, Charlton continued to serve the club with distinction as a director for nearly four decades. His unparalleled contributions will forever be woven into the fabric of Manchester United’s history.
The Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation stands as a testament to his enduring impact, continuing to change lives.
Sir Bobby Charlton’s legacy will forever live on in the hearts of football enthusiasts worldwide. He is survived by his wife Lady Norma, his daughters, grandchildren, and a community of admirers who cherished him deeply.