ENGLAND’S 1966 World Cup winning hero Sir Bobby Charlton has been diagnosed with dementia.
The shock news has been revealed by the former Manchester United star’s wife Norma.
Sir Bobby Charlton’s wife Norma has revealed the football legend is battling dementiaCredit: Getty – Contributor
Bobby Charlton is regarded as one of the best ever football playersCredit: Top Foto
Sir Bobby’s brother Jack, who died aged 85 in July, had also suffered with the disease in his later life.
Lady Norma confirmed the sad news to The Telegraph, hoping that revealing the diagnosis ‘could help others’.
The former Manchester United and England legend lost his brother Jack in JulyCredit: Paul Edwards – The Sun
Bobby and Jack are the only pair of brothers to lift the World CupCredit: Bob Thomas Sports Photography – Getty
He too had suffered with dementia in his later years.
Sir Bobby played every minute of England’s stunning World Cup triumph of 1966, with brother Jack also an integral member of the squad.
He went on the win the much-revered Ballon d’Or later that year and is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time.
The 83-year-old scored 249 goals in 758 games for Manchester United, helping them to their first ever European Cup win in 1968.
He also survived the horrific Munich Air Disaster in 1958.
Sir Bobby is pictured here on the far right as Bobby Moore holds aloft the World Cup for England in 1966Credit: Popperfoto – Getty
Sir Bobby went on to become a Manchester United hero, while brother Jack was the same at LeedsCredit: Varley Picture Agency
At international level Sir Bobby netted 49 times in 106 games for England, despite playing in midfield.
Stiles, Martin Peters, Jack Charlton and Ray Wilson have all died since 2018 after living with dementia.
Former England striker Shearer made a powerful BBC documentary in 2017 investigating whether there is a link between heading footballs and the brain syndrome.
Stiles’ family featured on the programme after the Manchester United icon was revealed to be suffering from advanced dementia in 2016.
Shearer believes serious questions need to be answered, especially as footballs were heavier in the past.
And he added that funding for ground-breaking research is due to run out next year.
Jack Charlton died in July at the age of 85, now Bobby has been diagnosed with dementiaCredit: Popperfoto – Getty
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