Mateusz Klich and former Leeds players pay tribute to Jack Charlton
Leeds United and England immortal Jack Charlton has sadly died at the age of 85.
The sad news was confirmed on Saturday morning. According to BBC Sport, the World Cup-winning defender had been diagnosed with lymphoma and was also suffering with dementia.
It is impossible for us to put into words just how us Leeds United fans feel about Charlton other than to say he is someone who will never be forgotten and someone who will always have a place in the heart of everyone connected with the club.
Leeds players of past and present have since paid tribute to the England football legend on their social media accounts.
Mateusz Klich took to his Instagram story to react to the sad news while former players Dominic Matteo and Robbie Keane also posted messages.
Here is a selection of their posts:
Jackie packed so much into his life. An absolute legend in every sense of the word to Leeds fans England fans and ROI fans. Rest Easy Big Man. Your legacy will March on and on and on. pic.twitter.com/fiZ2Tr4Uhp
— Dominic Matteo (@Dominicmatteo21) July 11, 2020
He achieved the unimaginable RIP ❤️ ⚽️ 🥇 pic.twitter.com/p6bUZXRU8z
— Simon Johnson (@SiJohnsonSJUS) July 11, 2020
Charlton was born in Ashington, Northumberland in 1935 and 15 years later he joined Leeds United, where he spent the entirety of his playing career.
Charlton’s record of 773 appearances for the club is unlikely to ever be broken, not in an age where players like the former England defender simply no longer exist.
As well as famously winning the 1966 World Cup alongside his brother Bobby, Charlton also won the 1968/69 First Division title with Leeds as well as the 1971/72 FA Cup.
After hanging up his boots, Charlton pursued a career in management and is most remembered for his time in charge of the Republic of Ireland, leading them to the World Cup in 1994, where they beat Arrigo Sacchi’s Italy in the group stages.
Charlton is a legend of the game and we will never forget him.
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