The World Honors the Football Legend - Sir Robert Charlton
At the age of 86, one of the most outstanding footballers of the 20th century, the iconic striker from England, Robert Charlton, better known as Bobby Charlton, has passed away.
This was reported by the official page of the English football club, Manchester United.
"Manchester United mourns the death 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 of people not only in Manchester or the United Kingdom but also around the world, where football is played. He inspired not only with his sporting skills and integrity but also with outstanding qualities as a footballer; Sir Bobby will forever remain in our memory as a giant of the game," the club's statement said.
The legendary journey of Sir Charlton began in Ashington, Northumberland, on October 11, 1937. Robert Charlton fell in love with football as a schoolboy and later joined the youth academy of Manchester United in 1953.
Just a few years later, Bobby Charlton made his debut in the first-team match against Charlton Athletic in October 1956, when he was only 18 years old.
Charlton's legendary career with Manchester United lasted 17 years. During this time, the striker played 758 matches and scored 249 goals, breaking Manchester's all-time record and forever earning the title of one of the greatest players in the club's history.
Throughout his career, Charlton managed to win the European Cup, three league titles, and the FA Cup. In addition, Charlton played in 106 matches for the England national team, scoring 49 goals and winning the 1966 World Cup. This victory of the English national team in the World Cup remains the only one in the history of English football.
For his dedicated and effective service, Robert Charlton was knighted in 1994. Previously, the legendary footballer was also honored with the Order of the British Empire and the Order of the British Empire Knights.
"His unprecedented achievements, character, and service have forever become a part of the history of Manchester United and English football, and his legacy will continue to live on through the Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation, changing people's lives," the club's statement said.
After ending his career as a football player, Robert Charlton continued to serve his beloved club and worked as a director in Manchester for 39 years.