Bobby Charlton: English World Cup-winning football legend dies at 86

British football legend Bobby Charlton, who was part of England's 1966 World Cup-winning team, breathed his last on Saturday (October 21, 2023), at 86 years of age.

British Football legend Bobby Charlton dies at 86. Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

"Bobby won 106 caps and scored 49 goals for England, and won the 1966 World Cup. He started his career with Manchester United, where he played 758 games and scored 249 goals during 17 years at Old Trafford, winning the European Cup, three league titles and the FA Cup," the FA website noted.

A statement from the Charlton family 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. 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.”

England manager Gareth Southgate said: "One of our most iconic players, Sir Bobby Charlton’s impact on our only World Cup triumph is there for all to see.

"The privilege of meeting him on several occasions allowed me to understand his personal pride and emotion in having represented England and simply confirmed in my mind his standing as one of the Gentlemen of the game.

"The world of football will unite in its sadness at losing an undisputed legend."

A tribute will be paid to the football legend when England will face Malta on November 17 at Wembley Stadium.