George Best

George Best (22 May 1946 – 25 November 2005) was a professional footballer born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Best began his club career in England with Manchester United, who had spotted his talent at the age of 15. He went on to see success with United scoring 179 goals from 470 appearances over 11 years. His playing style combined pace, acceleration, balance, two-footedness, goal scoring and the ability to beat defenders. Best unexpectedly quit United relatively early in 1974 at age 27, but returned to football for a number of clubs around the world in short spells, until finally retiring in 1983, age 37.

In international football, Best was an automatic choice when fit, being capped 37 times for Northern Ireland and scoring nine goals from 1964 to 1977.

Along with two Football League Championship Winner’s Medals (1965 and 1967) and a UEFA European Cup Winner’s Medal (1968), Best also accumulated many accolades off the field. 1968 he was named European Footballer of the Year and the Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year. In 2002, he received the BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and he was also the inaugural inductee in the English Football Hall of Fame.

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