He is one of the greatest football legends in England, became world champion and club icon for Manchester United. It has now been announced that Bobby Charlton is ill. His wife has already spoken out.
Former England football world champion and former Manchester United professional Sir Bobby Charlton has dementia. The British newspaper “Telegraph” reported, citing Charlton’s wife Norma. 83-year-old Charlton won the 1966 World Cup with the Three Lions in his home country after the team beat Germany 4-2 in the Wembley final.
According to the report, Norma Charlton welcomes the news of her husband’s illness. She expressed the hope that others would be able to help when she heard about her husband’s diagnosis.
Other 66 teammates also suffered from the disease
Charlton is already the fifth player of the World Cup eleven to be diagnosed with dementia. His brother Jack Charlton, who died in July, Nobby Stiles, who died last Friday, and their teammates Ray Wilson and Martin Peters, who died in 2018 and 2019, also suffered from dementia.
Research into the possible link between dementia and football has been underway for some time in the UK, particularly with regard to head training. A study by the English Football Association last year found that former professional footballers are more than three times as likely to die from a neurological condition. A clear link has not yet been proven.