Sir Bobby Charlton


If England legend Sir Bobby Charlton had played Football in the modern, money-soaked era, he would have been a multi-millionaire global star.

And he most likely would have carried himself with the same soft, understated grace that characterised his time at Manchester United in the 1960s.

He was one of the greats of his era, winning the Ballon D'Or in 1966 – a year in which he helped England to World Cup glory – and the European Cup for United two years later.

The latter was perhaps his crowning glory. Charlton captained the United side that day and scored twice in the 4-1 extra time win over Benfica.

It was an emotional night for Charlton. His beloved United had become the first English side to win the European Cup, after all. But the victory represented so much more for Sir Bobby. As one of the few footballers, collectively known as 'The Busby Babes', to survive the horror of the 1958 Munich air disaster, Charlton had emotional links to the competition that transcended mere notions of glory and success.

For both club and country, Charlton was a dynamic midfielder with a searing long range shot off both feet. In 606 games for United, he scored 199 goals. A then-record 106 England caps produced 49 goals.

So where does he sit in the list of all-time great United players? Fourth – behind Ryan Giggs, Eric Cantona and George Best. His name certainly isn't out of place in such rarefied company.

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Sir Bobby Charlton