George Best

By | August 25, 2020

George Best was a professional footballer from Northern Ireland. He played as a midfielder, spending much of his playing career with Manchester United. In 1968 he got title European Footballer of the Year. He is considered one of the best players of all time. A highly skilled winger, considered one of the greatest dribblers in the history of the sport by many pundits. Best earned plaudits for his style of playing which combined pace, agility, control, feints, two-footedness, goal scoring and the ability to get past defenders.

Early life of George Best

George Best was born to Dickie Best and Anne Best, in Cregagh, Belfast, Northern Ireland. His father was a member of the Belfast-based Orange Order, a Protestant fraternal organisation. Since his earliest years he had enjoyed football and played for a local boys club in Cregagh. He won a scholarship to ‘Grosvenor High School’ in 1957 when he was 11 years old. Best also lost interest in studies without football and began skipping classes, after which he went back to his old school, ‘Lisnasharragh Secondary. He played football there again. Glentoran youth club noticed him and his gameplay, but did not get select due to his low build. Nevertheless, George inspired Bob Bishop, a agent for Football club ‘Manchester United’ who took him to Manchester directly.

Professional Career

Around 1964 and 1977, Best capped 37 times for Northern Ireland at international football. A combination of the performance of the team and its lack of fitness in 1982 meant that he had never played in a major tournament final. He treated his international career as “recreational football,” with demands put on a smaller Northern Ireland nation even lower than his club. He is one of the best players to have ever played at a World Cup. The Irish Football Association has described him as “the greatest player ever to pull on Northern Ireland’s green shirt.” Best was one of the first television star footballers for his good looks and playboy lifestyle, receiving the nickname “El Beatle” in 1966 but his lavish lifestyle contributed to numerous health issues, most notably alcoholism, that he suffered from for the rest of his life.

On and off the field these things plagued him, sometimes creating confusion. While aware of his issues, he was not openly displeased with them; he said of his career: “I’ve lost a lot of money on booze, birds [women] and fast cars – the rest I’ve only wasted.” He spent some time as a sports analyst after playing but his financial and health problems continued into his retirement. He died in 2005, at 59 years of age, as a result of complications from the immunosuppressive medications he had to take following a 2002 liver transplant.

Best features in the FIFA video game franchise from EA Sports; it has been used as an icon in the FIFA 19 Ultimate Team Legends. Best mainly drank in the local pub in Surbiton, London. But later on he caught kidney infection.

 

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