One of the best players of his time, Sir Bobby Charlton, competed against several of the best players in the world.
The football community is mourning the passing of the legendary player for Manchester United and England, who was revered throughout the world. He was 86.
Going up against other legends of the game, Charlton defeated them all to win the European Cup and the World Cup.
However, one foe in particular had a lasting impression on Sir Bobby Charlton, making him fearful of playing on the same field.
Sir Bobby Charlton on Dave Mackay
Dave Mackay, a former star for Tottenham Hotspur, was the player from his time that most worried Sir Bobby Charlton.
He underlined his admiration for Mackay in his autobiography Sir Bobby Charlton: My Manchester United Years.
There were times when I thought that Dave Mackay was the most scary figure in terms of power after Duncan Edwards, according to Charlton. These figures included Alfredo di Stefano, Pele, and Franz Beckenbauer.
Dave Mackay spoke frequently on the field, but in contrast to many others, he never gave the impression that he wouldn’t back up his claims.
He mentioned a particularly trying situation as Manchester United losing 5-1 to Mackay’s Tottenham in 1965/66.
Scotland international Mackay was a crucial member of Tottenham’s 1960–61 double-winning squad. At the age of 80, he died in 2015.
Manchester United fans in mourning for Sir Bobby Charlton
A few hours before Erik ten Hag’s team overcame Sheffield United 2-1 on Saturday night, Sir Bobby Charlton passed away.
In honor of Charlton, according to manager Erik ten Hag, his team was more motivated to win the game.
Yesterday, fans of rival teams and Manchester United rushed to Old Trafford to pay their respects, sign a book of condolences, and write messages in memory of the great man.
Sir Bobby Charlton was recognized as one of the greatest football players to ever play the game, and he had a great deal of respect for his rivals.