George Best was a Northern Irish professional footballer who is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. Born in Belfast in 1946, Best began his career with Manchester United in 1963 and quickly established himself as a brilliant and entertaining player, known for his dribbling skills, close control, and spectacular goals. He helped United win two First Division titles and the European Cup in 1968, and was named the European Footballer of the Year in 1968.
Despite his success on the pitch, Best’s personal life was plagued by controversy and he retired from football in 1984 at the age of 37. He passed away in 2005, but his legacy as one of the game’s most talented and charismatic figures continues to live on.
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I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.
If I'd been born ugly, you'd never have heard of Pele.
I always wanted more - more of everything.
When I look back on my life as a whole, it is impossible for me not to feel blessed.
Drink is the only opponent I have been unable to beat.
The best thing about being a dad? Well, I think it's just the thing that every man wants - to have a son and heir.
I think he's a very talented player, but he's not in the same class as me.
Maybe 'loner' is too strong a word, but I've always enjoyed being on my own.
If you make up your own mind, you can only blame yourself.
I've stopped drinking, but only while I'm asleep.
Nobody knows me.
There are good players, there are great players, and there are those few at the pinnacle - the Peles, Cruyffs and Maradonas.
They'll forget all the rubbish when I've gone, and they'll remember the football. If only one person thinks I'm the best player in the world, that's good enough for me.
I definitely don't think that money can buy you love. It can buy you affection but certainly not love.
As long as I stay in training and play well, I don't see what objection there can be to what I do off the field.
It's a big compliment that so many people want to see me. For them, it's all about football. That's what they remember about me.
We were the first generation to have to deal with the modern stardom of football. Some handled it better than others.
I was born with a great gift, and sometimes with that comes a destructive streak.
People say you have to hit rock bottom, and, I can tell you, almost dying is as rock bottom as it gets.
I was the one who took football off the back pages and put it on to page one.