Renowned football legend, Sir Bobby Charlton, passes away at the age of 86 following a courageous battle with dementia.


Sir Bobby Charlton, England’s iconic 1966 World Cup hero, has tragically passed away at the age of 86. The former Manchester United legend’s battle with dementia came to an end on Saturday, October 21, just a week after he celebrated his birthday. His brother, Jack, who passed away at the age of 85 in July 2020, also grappled with the same disease during his later years, while another brother, Gordon, succumbed to cancer and dementia in January at the age of 79.

A family statement conveyed the sad news: “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. 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.”

Manchester United, the club where he achieved legendary status, also paid tribute to him and expressed their mourning. The club released a statement remarking, “Sir Bobby was a hero to millions, not just in Manchester, or the United Kingdom, but wherever football is played around the world.” Sir Bobby played a pivotal role in England’s World Cup victory in 1966 and subsequently clinched the Ballon d’Or later that year. As a midfielder, he remarkably scored 249 goals in 758 games for Manchester United, assisting the team in securing their first-ever European Cup triumph in 1968. Moreover, he scored an additional 49 goals in 106 appearances for the English national team, showcasing his exceptional talent and impact on the sport.

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