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Greatest Bobby Charlton quotes, A complete collection

In the following article, we will review the complete collection of the greatest Bobby Charlton quotes, including his comments on life and football.

Sir Bobby Charlton is a former football player, regarded as one of the best footballers of all time. Born in Northumberland,


, Bobby Charlton inherited the football gene from his family (his mother's side), so little Bobby became fascinated with the game. When Joe Armstrong, the chief scout for Manchester United, spotted him, Bobby was studying in a grammar school in Bedlington.

When he was 15, Charlton was taken to Manchester United and made his club debut for Red Devils in 1956. The legend gained a regular place in Man United over the next few years. Sir Bobby survived a plane crash, becoming a symbol of

Manchester United

after the incident. In 1968, Charlton became the captain of the team, helping them win the European Cup.

The English legend represented his country in four FIFA World Cups since 1958 and had been the highest goal scorer for the English national team for many years. After his retirement, the great gentleman has become a World Football Ambassador and has always helped younger players. Therefore, Sir Bobby Charlton's behavior and words have an incredible impact on youngsters. In the following article, we will review the greatest

Sir Bobby Charlton quotes


A complete collection of Bobby Charlton greatest quotes

Time to take a look at the complete collection of Bobby Charlton quotes, including his most famous Inspirational quotes.

Greatest Bobby Charlton quotes

Sir Bobby Charlton has an impressive personality. He loves adventure, travel, variety, and meeting new people. The English legend longs to experience all of life. So it is interesting to review the Sir Bobby Charlton quotes.

On Paul Scholes

"I have no hesitation in putting a name to the embodiment of all that I think is best about football. It's Paul Scholes. Players like Denis Law and George Best who I enjoyed so much as team-mates and now, finally, players I have watched closely in the Alex Ferguson era. And in so many ways Scholes is my favourite. I love his nous and conviction that he will find a way to win, to make the killer pass or produce the decisive volley."

On professional players

"Some people tell me that we professional players are soccer slaves. Well, if this is slavery, give me a life sentence."

On his childhood

"My dad made it very plain that if I could find anything better, I should do it. Fortunately, I came from a football family; my uncles all played and they inspired me. I occasionally went down the mines as a lad on the weekend when my dad went to collect his wages. Everyone who went down to the mines was miserable, but when they came back up they were smiling. It was1958n’t for me – besides, I found football easy."

On joining Manchester United

"Manchester United were the first to be interested in me, while Newcastle were probably the last. United had a reputation for coaching young players, along with Wolves and Chelsea, but Newcastle weren’t known for that. I was found by a United scout called Joe Armstrong who watched me playing in a schoolboys' game against East Northumberland boys, and in those days it was a great honour for someone to ask you to go on just a trial – but he asked me straight away to sign for United when I left school. That was in the January. A few month later I scored for England Schoolboys and lots of clubs came to my house, but I'd already made my mind up to join United."

On World Cup (1958)

"We had a decent World Cup in 1958, we would have had a very strong squad capable of winning the World Cup. I couldn’t say for sure we would win it both in 1958 and 1962, but I’m confident we would have won it once."

On his skill in using two legs

"I was two-footed: neither was stronger, and I didn’t work on it – it was natural. It's a surprise more people don’t try to improve both feet, but who are we to criticise someone like Puskas, a phenomenal footballer who never, ever touched the ball with his right foot? If you had a left foot like Puskas, why would you try to do anything else?"

On goal line technology

"I've been asked about that goal every day for the last 40 years. We didn't have the technology back then to show whether it was a goal or not, which led to the controversy. I'd like to think one day we'll have the technology to show whether or not it was a goal."

Sir Bobby Charlton Quotes on the Munich Air Disaster

On 6 February 1958, the tragedy happened at Munich-Riem Airport, which claimed 23 lives, including eight Manchester United players, known as the Busby Babes, who died as a result of their injuries in the crash. Sir Bobby survived with minor injuries and was in the hospital for a week. Let's review Sir Bobby Charlton quotes on the disaster.

"All I recall is waiting for the plane to take off, then waiting for it to come down again. I looked over at Dave Pegg, one of the hardest men in the game back then, and let me tell you he was shitting a stick when the plane took off. Meanwhile, across the aisle from me sat our trainer Tom Curry and coach Herbert Whalley. Tom was whistling away as though he were out for a stroll, saying everything would be alright; but Herbert was trying to climb up the back of Matt Busby's coat for protection."

"All I could do was pray that I'd survive the whole ordeal, have my life spared so that one day I'd be able to go on and win 106 caps for England, win the European Cup, score loads of goals like the one I got against Portugal in the 1966 World Cup (rememer how I got the ball in my own half, ran forward, beating three Portuguese defenders and rifled the ball home blah blah blah...) and, of course, bore everyone senseless for the next fifty years about how great that team might just one day might possibly have eventually come to possibly be.

But the real sad part about it all, looking back now all these years later, is that with all the stress of the aftermath, I went bald and had to play with that ludicrous comb-over thing flailing above my bonce every time I legged it down the wing. But at least I didn't go bald naturally, like that cunt our Jack."

Sir Bobby Charlton Quotes on Ronaldo & Messi

As all football fans know, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the most decorated football players ever. Football figures argue the individual merits of both players and compare Ronaldo and Messi. Here are Sir Bobby Charlton quotes on Ronaldo and Messi.

"Messi would be great for anybody... great playing for anyone. I doubt very much whether anybody will ever prise him away from Barcelona but, if they could, they are getting the best player in the world."

"It is there for all to see and he is just a wonderful, wonderful player."

"Messi would be great for anybody... great playing for anyone. I doubt very much whether anybody will ever prise him away from Barcelona but, if they could, they are getting the best player in the world. It is there for all to see and he is just a wonderful, wonderful player."

"I think now Messi is probably done more than most players. But he is in the same class as Alfredo de Stefano, Johan Cruyff, Pelé. When he finishes and he retires, he will automatically become one of them. A player that people will talk about forever, while the game of football is as good and as popular as it is. He is a sensational player."

Sir Bobby Charlton quotes on Ronaldo in 2014

"Cristiano Ronaldo is changing the game in Spain. With all that pace and power and athleticism, he is driving Real Madrid back into dominance both there and in Europe."

"You don’t sit back playing 10-yard passes the way you’re facing with this lad in your team. You go for it. I'm so glad he got his World Footballer of the Year Award. Lionel Messi is a great player, too, but Cristiano deserves the honour. He’s setting football alight."

“Messi is a splendid player, but to me, is not better than Cristiano."

Best Quotes by Bobby Charlton on Footballers

In this part of Sportmob's article on the Sir Bobby Charlton quotes, we will review the

best quotes by Bobby Charlton

on famous footballers.

On David Beckham

"Beckham is unusual. He was desperate to be a footballer. His mind was made up when he was nine or ten. Many kids think that it's beyond them. But you can't succeed without practising at any sport."

On Wayne Rooney

"I'm looking forward to the World Cup because I believe Wayne Rooney could be one of the major finds in world football."

On Duncan Edwards

"Duncan Edwards is the one person who, even today, I really felt inferior to. I've never know anybody so gifted and strong and powerful with the presence that he had."

Sir Bobby Charlton quotes on George Best

"At the time when he first got in the team, no one had seen his like before: someone who was so small and tough, who would go into tackles, but also had the ability to turn people inside out and beat anyone he liked. George was as good as anyone you will see; he used to embarrass players time and time again."

"he could also be frustrating. He held on to the ball for too long: you would get yourself in to a great position and hope he would pass the ball, but most of the time he didn’t. However, he usually scored or made the keeper make a save. It was paradise watching George play football – a bit like Cristiano Ronaldo now, although Ronaldo is probably stronger and faster."

On his last game for England

"I was distraught. I’d felt OK when I was substituted: I wasn’t tired, I didn’t need a breather, I felt full of running. I was taken off because Sir Alf thought we were going to win and make it through to the semi-finals, so I might need a rest because of the heat. West Germany scored their first goal when I was still on the field, and then I had to watch them beat us while sitting on the bench, which was dreadful."

"I didn’t realise it would be my last game for England, but soon afterwards I knew my time was up because if you were no good for him at the next World Cup he wasn’t interested in you. Sir Alf told me that by the 1974 tournament I would be 38 and he couldn’t expect me to play, so “Thank you” and that was it."

Most Controversial Quotes by Bobby Charlton about his Brother

Undoubtedly, Bobby and Jack are Britain's most famous footballing brothers. Sir Bobby accused his brother of making disgraceful statements about his wife. Let's review the

most controversial quotes by Bobby Charlton

about his brother.

"My wife is a very strong character and does not suffer fools gladly. I am not suggesting my mother was a fool. There was a clash and it just never went away really. Jack came out in the newspapers saying things about my wife that were absolutely disgraceful."

"Ask anybody that ever met my wife: 'hoity-toity' is not a word they'd use. My brother made a big mistake. I don't understand why he did it. He could not possibly have known her and said what he said."

"I didn't want him to do anything, I wanted him to explain. But he could not. I made my mind up that I would protect my wife whatever happens, and that's the way I saw it. I mean, maybe I should have gone to see my mother but maybe, maybe...Asked if he would have liked a reconciliation with his mother, he replied: 'I wouldn't have looked for it, and I wouldn't have expected it."

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