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The World Cup All-Time Best XI: Charlton

Bobby Charlton was only 5’7″ when he helped England win the 1966 World Cup, but his deeds during that tournament have made him a giant in world soccer history. Due to his remarkable play, he would receive the 1966 Ballon D’Or and become a global soccer legend. He was one of the most talented attacking midfielders ever, so he belongs on this list.

Of course, some may criticize my selection of Charlton for this list because they argue he didn’t contribute much to the historic 1966 Final win. Well, that day he was marked by another man on this list, Franz Beckenbauer, and Charlton managed to annoy the German so he couldn’t occupy himself with Hurst, who had 3 goals, so I disagree.

In addition, those folks are forgetting that it was Charlton that got England to the Final by scoring two goals in the semis against Eusebio’s Portugal. Although he would also appear in the 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cups, Charlton will always be best remembered for his heroic performance during the 1966 tournament that resulted in a WC win.

The main reason I respect Charlton though is because he was able to overcome the horrific tragedy that befell him and his Man U teammates in 1958 when their plane crashed in Munich. Though he lost some of his friends and teammates that day, he honored their memory with his play, so I definitely want him in my Best XI starting lineup.