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‘Very sad and deeply concerning’: Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton diagnosed with dementia

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Reflecting on the news, his wife, Lady Norma Charlton, outlined that she hopes that her husband’s diagnosis would help bring further awareness to the debilitating condition. 

In a statement released Sunday, Manchester United pledged to continue their offer of “love and support” to the Charlton family in the wake of the news.

Everyone at Manchester United is saddened that this terrible disease has afflicted Sir Bobby Charlton and we continue to offer our love and support to Sir Bobby and his family,” the club announced. 

Charlton is without doubt one of the most illustrious players in Manchester United’s proud history. In addition to the goal record he held for more than three decades, he was also the club’s record appearance holder until he was overtaken by Ryan Giggs in 2008. 

At the age of 20, Charlton was a survivor of the Munich air crash in 1958 in which eight of his United teammates lost their lives. 

He was invited to become a member of the board of directors at Old Trafford in 1984 and continued in that role until 2018, but remained a significant presence at the club ever since. 

Sadly, Charlton becomes the fifth member of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning squad to have been diagnosed with dementia following Stiles, his brother Jack, Martin Peters and Ray Wilson. The latter two passed away in 2019 and 2018. 

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