Football community remembers Sir Bobby

Saturday 21 October 2023 19:27

The football world and beyond is mourning the death of Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton, who has passed away at the age of 86.

One of the most iconic players the English game has ever produced, Sir Bobby’s unparalleled record of achievement, character and service will be forever etched in the history of Manchester United and English football.

Tributes and messages of condolence have been pouring in from across the football community, which is united in praise for one of the true all-time greats of the game.

Read a selection below.

Bramall Lane applauds Sir Bobby Video

Bramall Lane applauds Sir Bobby

Players, officials and supporters at Bramall Lane were united in this pre-match tribute to Sir Bobby Charlton...

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

“When he retired, I was born so I saw the highlights. I am sorry to the Manchester United family, to his family and England. These types of players and personalities represent English football like no-one else can do it. Condolences from us for his family especially. Next week when we go there [to Old Trafford], we will be present to make a tribute. I love this country for many things, but one of the things is how they take care of the legends. They are part of the club and they travel. Sir Bobby Charlton represented United and English football unlike anyone else.”

Former England striker Gary Lineker

“Deeply saddened to hear that Sir Bobby Charlton has died. A truly wonderful footballer and genuinely lovely man. A World Cup winner, Man Utd 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.”

Ex-England forward Alan Shearer

“If you hadn't watched a game of football and didn't see him play, you would just see him as this normal guy. He was so humble about everything he had won. When you read out everything he has done in the game, how many trophies he has won, appearances he has made and goals he has scored, he could have been excused for having a little bit of arrogance about him. But there was absolutely none of that at all. I don't think you will ever hear anyone say a bad word against him.”

Sir Bobby Charlton, 1937-2023 Video

Sir Bobby Charlton, 1937-2023

We look back at the life and career of Manchester United and England icon Sir Bobby Charlton…

Former England footballer Sir Geoff Hurst

“Very sad news today. One of the true greats, Sir Bobby Charlton, has passed away. We will never forget him and nor will all of football. A great colleague and friend, he will be sorely missed by all of the country beyond sport alone. Condolences to his family and friends from Geoff and Judith.”

England manager Gareth Southgate

“One of our most iconic players, Sir Bobby Charlton’s impact on our only World Cup triumph is there for all to see. The privilege of meeting him on several occasions allowed me to understand his personal pride and emotion in having represented England and simply confirmed in my mind his standing as one of the gentlemen of the game. The world of football will unite in its sadness at losing an undisputed legend.”

Prince William, president of the Football Association

“Sir Bobby Charlton. First Division Champion. European Champion. World Champion. Gentleman. Legend. A true great who will be remembered forever. Thank you Sir Bobby.”

Tributes pour in for Sir Bobby


David Beckham, Eric Cantona and Denis Law are among the Reds to have shared their memories of the United legend.

Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer
“On behalf of FC Bayern, I’d like to express our condolences to Sir Bobby Charlton’s relatives and millions of fans. FC Bayern will forever remember this unique footballer and person. Sir Bobby also has a special connection to Munich as one of the survivors from the catastrophic air disaster here 65 years ago. Sir Bobby was a gift for everyone who enjoyed the beauty of football. The footballing world will never forget him.”
FIFA president Gianni Infantino
“I send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sir Bobby Charlton. We mourn the loss of one of England's 1966 FIFA World Cup winning team and a football legend, whose impact on the game spanned generations. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was close to him, his former team-mates, the Football Association and Manchester United. Rest in peace.”