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Sir Bobby Charlton talks on Laureus TV about Champions League final


England and Manchester United football legend Sir Bobby Charlton, a member of the Laureus World Sports Academy, talks at length on Laureus TV about the Chelsea v Manchester United, European Champions League Final and his work for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

“If Ronaldo scores in the Champions League Final and we are able to win, I think he’ll be hailed as one of the best footballers we’ve ever seen. He knows he’s a good player. Maybe he thinks he’s the best player…and maybe he is. It will be interesting to see how Chelsea try to hold him.”

The above is an extract from an extensive interview with Sir Bobby Charlton now being shown on the Laureus TV website, in which the Manchester United and England star offers frank comment as his team gear up for the big match in Moscow on Wednesday.

Charlton is a big fan of Sir Alex Ferguson: “He’s just as smart and as sharp as he’s ever been as a football manager. For him it’s always the new challenger. New money coming in – Russian money to Chelsea, Thai money, American money. They’re investing in our game here and it’s changing all the time, but he’s ready for them.”

“There will be goals,” he says of Wednesday’s final. “Each side has a healthy respect for each other and will know that if they make a mistake or have a lapse of concentration that it will disastrous. Both teams will be going for it. It should be sensational.”

But the event will have a bittersweet element: “There is a bit of emotion for Manchester United actually being in the Champions League final on the 50th anniversary when these players died going into Europe,” Sir Bobby says about the Munich air crash which he survived, but which killed eight of his Manchester United team mates. “It was those players pioneering the actual competition that got things going.”

See for the full videocast and transcript with Sir Bobby Charlton

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