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Name George Best
Spelling Fifth Beatle
Gender Male
Ethnic Irish
Job Irish Footballer
Desc The Belfast Boy was a killer on the pitch and the original lady killer off it. He was the first true poster boy of the game, the ‘fifth Beatle’, his appeal spanning generations-the girls as crazy about his looks as the boys were about the way he dazzled defences. Best was unbelievably gifted. Superstardom killed him. He became an alcoholic, a problem boy, a heartache for Busby, his family and millions of fans. He was only 27 when he played his last game for United, versus QPR on January 1, 1974, the days of scoring six against Northampton already history. His legend, however, will never die


Org xxxx National Team
Club as Player Manchester United
1974 01 01
George Best was only 27 when he played his last game for Manchester United, versus QPR

2000 01 31 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] He can’t kick with his left foot, he can’t head, he can’t tackle, and he doesn’t score many goals. Apart from that, he’s alright

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[George Best on Paul Scholes] To be honest I think England have lost their best player. Certainly he’s the most consistent and naturally gifted player we’ve had for a long, long time

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[George Best on Thierry Henry] I don’t recognize myself in the players i see today, there’s only one who excites me, and that is Thierry Henry. He’s not just a great footballer, he’s a showman, an entertainer

2016 04 03 Retrieve

[Quote on Sir Bobby Charlton] What a pleasure to play alongside. I don’t think I’ve even seen anybody who could beat players as easily as him, myself included. I often used my pace, but Bobby made it look effortless. And once he got within 30 yards of goal, he was lethal with either foot. Because he played a lot on the left, many people assume he was a natural left-footer, but I don’t think he was. He was just so good with both feet

2016 10 28 Retrieve

[Quote on Ruud Gullit] Ruud Gullit is a great player by any standards. He has all the skills. He’s not afraid to do things with the ball. And he looks as if he’s enjoying every second of it. By my reckoning that’s what makes him an even better player than Maradona. Both have the key quality you will find in all the best players: balance. You just can’t knock them off the ball. It was the same with Pele, Beckenbauer and Cruyff

2018 07 04 Retrieve

[Fondly remembered as one of the greatest players the game has ever seen] I was born with a great gift and sometimes with that comes a destructive streak. Just as I wanted to outdo everyone when I played, I had to outdo everyone when we were out on the town

2018 07 04b Retrieve

[Cristiano Ronaldo bewitched the Old Trafford crowd with his tricks and flicks from the moment he made his debut as an 18-year-old. Even George Best gushed] There have been a few players described as ‘the new George Best’ over the years, but this is the first time it’s been a compliment to me!