Sir Bobby Charlton CBE passes away- Here’s a trail of his legacy at Manchester United

Legendary footballer Sir Bobby Charlton passes away at 86.


Sir Bobby Charlton CBE passes away- Here’s a trail of his legacy at Manchester United

Sir Bobby Charlton (via Sky Sports)

Manchester United have released in an official statement that one of their and England’s greatest-ever players, Sir Bobby Charlton, 88, has passed away. He was widely loved amongst the country’s fans and is remembered with good wishes throughout the country.

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Sir Bobby led England to their last World Cup victory in 1966 when it was organized in the country, defeating West Germany in the finals. Charlton started in Manchester United’s youth system and grew to become one of their greatest players. He notably survived the Munich air disaster at just 20 years old.

The family’s statement read, on Saturday, after the passing of Sir Bobby Charlton read:

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.

The official statement from Manchester United:

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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. The club’s heartfelt sympathies are with his wife, Lady Norma, his daughters and grandchildren, and all who loved him. 

Sir Bobby Charlton had, indeed, created a legacy that every United player even now admires.

How good was Sir Bobby Charlton for Manchester United?

Sir Bobby Charlton joined Manchester United’s youth team in 1953. He rose through the ranks of the youth team until he finally signed for the senior team in 1956. Sir Bobby played as a Red Devil from 1956 till 1973, achieving almost everything one could in his era as a player.

Sir Bobby Charlton in action for Manchester United
Sir Bobby Charlton in action for Manchester United (via PA archives)

Football mourns the loss of Sir Bobby Charlton CBE at 86, a true legend. He was a versatile player, excelling as an attacking midfielder, central midfielder, and left-winger, and left an indelible mark on the sport. His illustrious career at Manchester United included league titles, FA Cups, and the historic 1968 European Cup. Moreover, he was a crucial part of England’s 1966 FIFA World Cup-winning team and received the prestigious Ballon d’Or award.

Notably, Charlton’s sportsmanship shone through with only two cautions in his entire career. He displayed incredible resilience when he returned to the field after surviving the tragic 1958 Munich air disaster, symbolizing both personal strength and the club’s resurgence. He remains an English football icon, amassing 106 caps and 49 goals for the national team.

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Sir Bobby Charlton’s stats, achievements and records

Sir Bobby Charlton was a decorated player throughout his career. Here is a complete tally of his accomplishments and titles.

Bobby Charlton lifted the European Cup with Manchester United in 1968
Bobby Charlton lifted the European Cup with Manchester United in 1968 (via The Independent)

Stats at Manchester United

AppearancesGoals Assists*
758
2496
*Assists cannot be confirmed, mentioned as stated on Transfermarkt

Honors at Manchester United

With clubIndividual
FA Youth Cup: 1953–54, 1954–55, 1955–56FWA Footballer of the Year: 1965–66
Football League First Division: 1956–57, 1964–65, 1966–67FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 1966
FA Cup: 1962–63; runner-up 1956–57, 1957–58FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1966, 1970
FA Charity Shield: 1965, 1967Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE): 1969
European Cup: 1967–68Ballon d’Or: 1966; runner-up: 1967, 1968

Beyond playing, he contributed to the sport as a manager and engaged in charitable activities, supporting causes like cancer hospitals and land mine clearance. Despite facing health challenges in his later years, including a dementia diagnosis in 2020, Sir Bobby Charlton’s legacy will forever be celebrated as one of football’s greatest.

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