Sir Bobby Charlton salutes Pele, who is 80 today

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Former England midfielder Sir Bobby Charlton has paid tribute to Brazil icon Pele, who celebrates his 80th birthday today.

In statement through Manchester United, the 83-year-old Old Trafford legend and ex-Preston North End player and manager said: “I have said it before and I will say it again, I sometimes feel as though football was invented for this magical player.

“A phenomenal footballer and one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet.

“Happy 80th Birthday Pele – wishing you good health, happiness and many happy returns.”