Bobby Charlton, a Manchester United and England great, died on Saturday at the age of 86, the club announced.
“We regret to inform you that Sir Bobby passed away peacefully in the early hours of Saturday morning.” “He was surrounded by his family,” his family said in a statement.
“His family would like to express their gratitude to everyone who contributed to his care as well as the many people who loved and supported him.” We would appreciate it if the family’s privacy could be maintained at this time.”
Charlton rose through the Manchester United youth system to become one of the club’s all-time greats, memorably surviving the Munich plane disaster at the age of 20.
After scoring 249 goals in 758 games for the Red Devils, he won three league titles and the FA Cup. He also won the European Cup with Manchester United in 1968, scoring twice in a 4-1 victory over Benfica in the final.
United also paid sincere tribute to Charlton and expressed condolences to his family.