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Aston Villa has recently lost one of the club’s biggest stars. Despite the Claret and Blue’s impeccable form this season, the club has lost its legendary defender at the age of 81. He was an integral part of the Villa squad in the 17 years he spent at the club. During this time, he made more than 650 league appearances. It’s a marvelous feat not even the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne could match.

The Scottish international established himself as a fan favorite at Villa Park. His death has indeed caused a shock among the Villa faithful.

Charlie Aitken, former Aston Villa defender dies at the age of 81 

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Charlie Aitken’s passing at age 81 has caused grief among the soccer fandom. He made a record at Villa that won’t be broken anytime soon, with the most appearances for the Aston Villa with 660 games. To give an idea of how big his achievement is, the second player with the most appearances has played 531 matches.  He has also netted 16 times for the Claret and Blue. Aitken was with the Villans when they were relegated to the 2nd and 3rd divisions, and then back again to the first division in 1967 and 1975.  After spending more than 15 years at Aston Villa, he decided to switch teams and join the New York Cosmos in the MLS.  In America, he was lucky enough to play alongside the soccer icon Pele.

It’s quite astonishing that Aitken made more league appearances than Al-Nassr superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney given that both made glorious impacts on the Premier League. Now, Aitken’s death has caused a massive upset among the fans. Aston Villa was the first to inform the news and show their respect for their icon on its social media.

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Hearty condolences for Charlie Aitken

After Aston Villa’s social media officially posted about the death of their icon,  many across the world from different fanbases showed their respect for Aitken.

A fan page concerned with Manchester United has sent their condolences to the former Aston Villa player.

A Spanish Aston Villa fan page has also expressed their grief. The supporters wrote ‘RIP’ in Spanish along with a folded hand emoji to show their respect and a Claret heart to signify his legacy as a Villa player.

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Another fan has also expressed his love for the legend by tweeting two hearts.

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Aitken had a superb career for Aston Villa. He will be highly regarded as one of the club’s brightest talents. RIP.

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Mohd Rumman Chak

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Rumman is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. His deep-rooted passion for the beautiful game has been cultivated over 13 years of avidly following and playing soccer at the National level, not once, but twice. Engaging in sports debates and quizzes since his school days enriched his knowledge of the sport, and the virtual realm of FIFA video games helped him to develop valuable insights into the dynamics of soccer, all of which now lay a solid foundation for his role as a contemporary soccer writer.
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