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Farewell to Bobby Charlton, English football legend

Farewell to Bobby Charlton, English football legend

“He was a hero to millions of people, not just in Manchester or the UK, but wherever football was played in the world,” United wrote in their tribute. He was 86 years old

By Rolling Stone

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Bobby Charlton, English football legend and 1966 world champion, has died at the age of 86, his family announced. “Manchester United mourns the passing of Sir Bobby Charlton, one of the greatest and most iconic players in the club’s history.” The English team writes it on its website. “Sir Bobby was a hero to millions of people, not just in Manchester or the UK, but wherever football was played in the world. He was greatly admired for his sportsmanship and integrity and also for his exceptional qualities as a footballer. Sir Bobby will always be remembered “Always considered one of the giants of football.”

Sir Bobby came through United’s youth academy, played 758 matches and scored 249 goals during his 17 years as a Manchester United player, winning the European Cup, three English titles and the FA Cup. With the England national team, he played 106 international matches, scoring 49 goals and winning. World Cup 1966. After his retirement, he worked with the club as technical director for 39 years. United adds: “His unparalleled record of achievement, character and service will forever be etched in the history of Manchester United and English football; His legacy will live on through the work of the Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation. The club’s sincere condolences to his wife, Lady Norma, his daughters, his grandchildren, and everyone who loved him.”

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