“RIP Legend”- Millions Join Manchester United to Mourn Tragic Passing of Last Remaining Survivor of Munich Disaster Sir Bobby Charlton at 86

Published 10/21/2023, 12:03 PM EDT

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The world of soccer is mourning the passing of England and Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton. Sir Matt Busby, whose famous United crop, the Busby Babes, died in a tragic air crash in Munich, called Charlton a near-perfect man saying, “There has never been a more popular footballer. He was as near perfection as man and player as it is possible to be.”

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Charlton has passed away aged 86 and most famously led England to their only World Cup win in 1966. He was widely regarded as one of the greatest English players of all time. Sir Bobby Charlton’s family stated that he “passed peacefully in the early hours of Saturday morning.” Now, following his death, the world of soccer has joined in to pay tribute to the Man United icon.

Soccer world mourns the passing of Sir Bobby Charlton

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Sir Bobby Charlton amassed 106 caps for England and scored 49 goals for the Three Lions in his career. Leading England to a World Cup triumph in 1966 on home soil was, perhaps, his greatest achievement.

Former Man United right back and current pundit Gary Neville said, So sorry to hear the news of Sir Bobby Charlton. The Greatest English Football player and Manchester United’s greatest ambassador. A champion on and off the pitch and a Busby Babe that paved the way for all to come at United. Rest In Peace, Sir Bobby

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While former Chelsea and England captain John Terry tweeted saying, RIP Sir Bobby Charlton Heartbreaking news. A True great and a wonderful man. My condolences are with the Charlton family at this terribly sad time.LEGEND”

Charlton would go on to score 249 goals for the Red Devils during his time at Old Trafford making 758 appearances for the club. He also won three English league titles, one FA Cup, and one European Cup while he was at United.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand tweeted stating that Sir Bobby was an Icon, Legend, Great!”

While former England striker turned pundit Gary Lineker tweeted,Deeply saddened to hear that Sir Bobby Charlton has died. A truly wonderful footballer and genuinely lovely man. A World Cup winner, great and, for me, England’s greatest ever player. He may no longer be with us but he’ll have footballing immortality. RIP Sir Bobby”

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Charlton was the last remaining survivor of the Munich air crash

Sir Bobby Charlton was the last remaining survivor of the tragic Munich airplane crash that claimed the lives of eight Manchester United players. After United’s game against Red Star Belgrade in February 1958, the plane carrying 44 people including the entire Man United team crashed following a failed take-off after stopping to refuel in Munich. The disaster claimed the lives of 23 people while 21 survived of which Charlton was one of the survivors.

Sir Bobby Charlton remained close to his club, Manchester United, serving as a director at the club for 39 years after being appointed in 1984. In this period Charlton oversaw some historic success at the club, especially during the tenure of Sir Alex Ferguson.

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It’s certainly tragic news for England and the entire soccer world. But despite his sad demise, his legacy will continue to inspire soccer fans all over the globe.

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Gaurav Krishnan

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Gaurav is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports and is a seasoned sports journalist. Before joining the Essentially Sports team, he made significant contributions to platforms such as Caught Offside (UK) and Sportskeeda (IN). His experience in soccer journalism allows him to delve deeply into the nuances of the sport, uncovering the stories that make soccer more than just a game—a culture, a passion, a way of life.
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