Ball, the youngest player in the successful England triumph of 1966 died of a suspected heart attack.
Charlton told Sporting Life that he was, "shocked and saddened" by the death of the midfield dynamo. He added, "Alan was always bright and bubbly in everything he did as a player. He went about his work with great enthusiasm and gusto and he always had a smile on his face.
"He was a sensational little player with great touch and great vision. He had great close control and although he wasn't a fast player he didn't need to be. He could see things clearly and always made the right decisions.
The tributes will flood in, as Ball, an English football legend and iconic player was a member of a very exclusive club, something that the English public hold in the highest regard.
Please add your comments and tributes for a truly magnificent and successful man.