British World Cup hero Sir Bobby Charlton: Britons mourn former World Cup hero

England's football legend Sir Bobby Charlton (1937-2023) has died at the age of 86.

British World Cup hero Sir Bobby Charlton: Britons mourn former World Cup hero

England's football legend Sir Bobby Charlton (1937-2023) has died at the age of 86. The "Mirror" quotes from a statement from his family: "It is with great sadness that we announce that Sir Bobby passed away peacefully in the early hours of Saturday morning. He was surrounded by his family."

In addition, the family thanked, among other things, the care they provided to the former sports professional, who recently suffered from dementia. "His family would like to thank everyone who contributed to his care and the many people who loved and supported him." It continues: "We would like to ask that the family's privacy be respected during this time."

The Manchester United football icon was part of Matt Busby's (1909-1994) successful team in the 1960s, with which the club won three championship titles and the European Cup in 1968. Sir Bobby Charlton was one of the few players to survive the horrific Munich air disaster in 1958, which killed 23 people.

The former striker was also a key player in the England team that won the 1966 World Cup. That year he was awarded the Ballon d'Or as the best player in the world, and in 1967 and 1968 he came second in the same competition.

After the sad news, there were numerous mourning rallies for the legendary footballer.

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