I was lucky enough to see Charlton play. There have been a distinct exclusive few players past or present that when they received the ball the sense of anticipation of the crowd was electric. Charlton was one such player so was Best, Maradonna,, Puskas, Pele, Cruyft and Messi.
When I was a very wee boy I regarded Bobby Charlton as one of the World's best attacking midfielders. He could pass, dribble, ghost past opponents with ease and had one of the deadliest shots in the business and all with the heavier ball and on heavier pitches. He was renowned the world over. No question.
In 1970 England led West Germany 2-0 in the World Cup QF in Leon and with about 15 mins left and with the afternoon sun draining the players, Alf Ramsay took Charlton off to save him, for the semi against Italy. Charlton had up until then man marked Franz Beckenbauer completely out of the game.
With Charlton withdrawn Beckenbauer suddenly had the freedom to dictate and he scored very quickly after to make it 2-1. The rest is history.
Without Charlton England would never have won the World Cup and Man U probably wouldn't have won the FA Cup in 1963, the Football League Championship in 1967 or the European Cup in 1968.