George Best was a Northern Irish football player who used to feature prominently during the 1960s and 1970s. He is regarded as the best ever footballer of Northern Ireland and there are many who believe that he was the best ever footballer. He played as a winger and combined dribbling skills and pace with balance, two-footedness and proficiency in finding goals. Best was named the European Footballer of the Year in 1968 and was named by Pele in 2004 as one of the 125 greatest living footballers. George Best expired in November 2005 at the sgae of 59. Many feel that he could have done greater things had he not wasted himself in women and alcohol.
George Best commenced his professional club career at English and European giants Manchester United and made his debut for them on September 14,1963 against West Bromwich Alvion in a 1-0 victory for the Red Devils. Best was then only 17 years of age. He scored his first goal for United two weeks later and that was against Burnley. Best won the league title with Man United the next season.
Then in 1966 George Best scored twice against Benfica in the quarter-finals of the European Cup and that made him a superstar, the press dubbing him as The Fifth Beatle for his playing style, long hair, good looks and flambouyant lifestyle. He was instrumental in leading Man United to te league title in the 1966-1967 season and won the European Cup in 1968. He scored in the final against Benfica and was named the European Footballer of the Year and the Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year in 1968.
In 1974 George Best decided to leave Manchester United, playing his last competitive match for United on Janaury 1,1974 against QPR at Loftus Road. He had scored 138 goals in 361 league matches. He subsequently went onto feature for Fulham, San Jose Earthquakes and Bournemouth among others.
George Best made his international debut for Northern Ireland in 1964 and went onto feature in 37 international matches for his nation, scoring 9 goals.
George Best’s main problem was that he was an alcoholic. He continued drinking after retiring from football and suffered liver and kidney problems. His body finally gave way on November 25,2005.