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A survivor of the Munich air disaster, a FIFA World Cup winner, a Knight of the British Empire, but above all a great and an honest player: Bobby Charlton is one of football's true ambassadors, and one of, if not the greatest English player of all time.
He began to play for United's first team in 1956, and over the next two seasons gained a regular place in the team, during which time he survived the Munich air disaster of 1958. After helping United to win the Football League in 1965, he won a World Cup medal with England in 1966 and another Football League title with United the following year. In 1968, he captained the Manchester United team that won the European Cup, scoring two goals in the final to help his team be the first English side to win the competition.
The young Charlton's greatest strengths were his speed, body swerve and his determined drives towards goal from deep. As he flowered as a footballer, he moved up front and became the fulcrum of his team's attack. An outstanding distributor of the ball, he could spray inch-perfect passes around the park, picking out team-mates with astounding accuracy. He also had an absolute ferocious shot that belied his relatively small stature and scored almost a goal every other game in an England shirt. He is still the leading England and Manchester United Goalscorer of all time.
Career in a Glance (appearances - goals):
1954-1973 Manchester United 606, 249
1973-1974 Preston North End 38, 12
1975 Waterford United 31, 18
1958-1970 England 106, 49
1 FA Cup (1963)
1 World Cup winner (1966)
3 League Titles (1957, 1965, 1967)
4 FA Community Shield (1956, 1957, 1965, 1967)
1 European Cup (1968)
1 European Footballer of the Year (1966)
1 Football Writers' Association Player of the Year (1966)
1 Individual Honours Football Writers' Player of the Year (1967)
1 PFA Merit Award (1974)
English Football Hall of Fame Inductee (2002)
BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award (2008)
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