Footballing legend Sir Bobby Charlton, an ex-Manchester United and England football star has passed away at the age of 86.
Charlton played an integral role in England’s historic 1966 World Cup victory and he steered Manchester United to their maiden European Cup triumph in 1968.
Renowned as one of the sport’s all-time greats, Charlton’s talent was duly recognized when he clinched the Ballon d’Or in 1966, a feat only achieved by a select few who’ve conquered the World Cup, Champions League, and Ballon d’Or.
Sir Bobby Charlton had, until his death been battling with dementia.
He was England’s third-highest goal scorer with a tally of 49 goals to his name, trailing only behind Wayne Rooney and record-holder Harry Kane.
Furthermore, he stands as Manchester United’s second-highest goal scorer, with an impressive 249 goals, a mere four strikes shy of the top spot, held by Rooney.
Bobby’s family released a statement on Saturday afternoon, confirming his passing.
“It is with great sadness that we share the news that Sir Bobby passed peacefully in the early hours of Saturday morning,” it read. “He was surrounded by his family. 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.”
In another statement by Manchester United sighted by Okay.ng, the club said:
“Manchester United are in mourning following the passing of Sir Bobby Charlton, one of the greatest and most beloved players in the history of our club.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.