Sir Robert "Bobby" Charlton CBE (1937—) is an English former professional football player. He played almost all of his club football at Manchester United, starting in 1956 and leaving at the end of the 1972–1973 season. He was renowned for his attacking instincts from midfield and his tremendous long-range shot. He played for England in the 1966 World Cup winning team and was named the European Footballer of the Year. He remains one of the best known and popular sports personalities in the UK.
In 1968, he captained the Manchester United team that won the European Cup, scoring two goals in the final to help his team be the first English side to win the competition. He has scored more goals for England and United than any other player. At the time Life on Mars was being made, Charlton still held the record for most appearances for Manchester United at 758, (surpassed by Ryan Giggs in 2008).
In January 2011, Charlton was voted the 4th greatest Manchester United player of all time by the readers of Inside United and ManUtd.com. He is immortalized in bronze in the “United Trinity” statue outside Old Trafford, Manchester.