George Best

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December 6, 2021

George Best (born 22 May 1946 in Belfast, died 25 November 2005) was a Northern Irish footballer. He played for Manchester United between 1963 and 1973, where he won 466 first-team appearances and scored 178 goals. Best became English league champion twice, and in 1968 he was involved in winning the Series Winners' Cup. There he scored one goal in the final against Benfica, and he was named Europe's best player the same season. This was also the first time an English team went all the way to the top in this tournament. He also played 37 internationals for Northern Ireland.

Biography

Best is considered one of the best football players of all time. He was a dribbler, who was usually used as a winger, but also played many games in an offensive midfield role. In both positions he was a natural talent, and in 1968 he was named player of the year in Europe. In fact, he played in all positions except right-back and goalkeeper, and is considered one of the world's foremost football players of all time. Also off the field, he was a natural center. Best is often regarded as football's first "rock star". After the European Cup triumph in 1968, the team began to unravel. As George Best had grown up with star players around him, this led to a drop in morale: Former superstars were replaced by mediocrity. He still played football at a high level, but the team did not work at all. In 1973, Best left Manchester United and resigned as a footballer. However, he made a comeback shortly after for the neighboring club Stockport and later played for Fulham, the Scottish club Hibernian and a number of clubs in the USA. He resigned for good in 1983 after a brief stint at the Australian club Brisbane Lions. Both during and after his football career, Best often ended up in the gossip columns of the tabloid newspapers with stories that usually included alcohol and women. In 1984 he was arrested for drunk driving, and a few years later he was declared personally bankrupt. In 2002, Best received a liver transplant and a clear message from the doctors that he had to stop drinking, but shortly after he was back in the bottle. It has been alleged that he was once asked what he had spent his money on. He replied: "I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars - the rest I just squandered." ("I have spent a lot of money on alcohol, 'grouse' (pretty girls) and fast cars - the rest I have just wasted." Best died in November 2005 after what began as a respiratory infection developed into several organ failures After about three weeks at Cromwell Hospital in London, he was on the road to recovery, but after a relapse, his life could not be saved. He was buried next to his mother at Roselawn Cemetery in Belfast on December 3, 2005. The ceremony took place in the Stormont Parliament building, where about 25,000 people attended on big screens outside. Police estimated that between 75 and 100,000 people had turned up at Stormont or along the road to pay their last respects to George Best. The funeral itself was a private ceremony for those closest to him, but at the family's request, ten random people in the crowd were also invited.

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