In England’s victorious 1966 World Cup squad, Charlton played a pivotal role, amassing an impressive tally of 758 appearances for Manchester United, during which he netted 249 goals. The football club expressed deep sorrow, mourning the loss of Sir Bobby Charlton, a distinguished and cherished figure in our organization’s storied history. The club’s statement resounded, “Sir Bobby stood as an icon to countless individuals, not merely within Manchester or the United Kingdom but wherever the beautiful game is embraced worldwide.”
A seventeen-year tenure at Old Trafford saw Charlton as a part of the “Busby Babes” ensemble, a team that was tragically deplet by the 1958 Munich air disaster. During his illustrious career, he clinched the European Cup, secured three English league championships, and added the FA Cup to his list of accomplishments. Notably renowned for boasting one of the most powerful strikes of his era, Charlton earned 106 caps representing England, finding the back of the net 49 times.
Charlton’s family conveyed that he “peacefully departed in the early hours of Saturday morning.” With his passing, the sole surviving member of the 1966 England squad that triumphed over West Germany with a 4-2 victory at Wembley is the hat-trick maestro, Geoff Hurst, who headed the tributes on Saturday.
Geoff Hurst paid tribute with poignant words, saying, “A profoundly disheartening day. One of the genuine titans, Sir Bobby Charlton, has departed from our midst. His memory shall forever endure, not only within the realms of football but in the hearts of a nation far beyond the realm of sports alone. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his family and friends.”