Sir Bobby Charlton, one of the greatest legends of English football, has been diagnosed with dementia. It has been the club where he played for a good part of his career, the Manchester United, who has confirmed the news.
“Everyone at Manchester United is saddened that this terrible illness has affected Sir Bobby Charlton and we continue to offer our love and support to Sir Bobby and his family.” they point out in the statement.
Dementia is a disease that has surrounded the Charltons in the past year. His brother Jack, who played his entire career at Leeds, died in the summer affected by it, no longer knowing anyone and his former teammate ‘Nobby’ StilesAlthough he died of cancer, he had also been diagnosed with this ailment.
Sir Bobby Charlton had been retired from public life for some time, but he remains an institution for United and England. A survivor of the tragic 1958 Munich plane crash, he formed a lethal team in the years of George Best Y Denis Law (The ‘United Trinity’). He played 758 games with the ‘red devils’ elastic (second player with more games, after Ryan Giggs) and scored 249 goals.
With England, he was world champion in 1966, when he won the Golden Ball, played 106 games and scored 49 goals. In 2016, he had a grandstand with his name put up at Old Trafford, and it was one of his last public appearances at a mass event.