George Best
22.05.1946 - 25.11.2005
Nickname: Georgie, Belfast Guy, Fifth Beatle
Nationality: Northern Ireland
Stature: 175 см
Position: halfback
Number: 11

1963 - 1974England EnglandManchester United361137
1974 South Africa South AfricaJewish Guild50
1974 England EnglandDunstable Town50
1975 - 1976England EnglandStockport County32
1976 Ireland IrelandCork Celtic30
1976 USA USALos Angeles Aztecs2315
1976 - 1977England EnglandFulham428
1977 - 1978USA USALos Angeles Aztecs3212
1978 - 1979USA USAFort Lauderdale Strikers337
1980 - 1981Scotland ScotlandHibernian173
1981 USA USASan Jose Earthquakes3013
1982 - 1983Hong-Kong Hong-KongHong Kong Rangers10
1983 England EnglandBournemouth50
1983 Australia AustraliaQueensland Lions40
1984 Northern Ireland Northern IrelandTobermore United10
All:Gols in match: 0.35565197
Years performancesNational teamGamesGols
1964 - 1977Northern Ireland Northern Ireland379
All:Gols in match: 0.24379

Best was born in his parents' working class in Belfast in 1946. His father was a factory worker, and his mother worked in a tobacco factory, according to the Scotsman newspaper. However, it was obvious at an early age, he was meant for more - he was destined to play football.

Besta, 15, was discovered in Belfast by Bob Bishop, a talented scout known at Manchester United. So in 1961 he came to Manchester. Although nostalgia pulled him back to Belfast, his fate, as a football player, could not pass by.

Best appeared in Manchester on time. For Sir Alex, these were hard times - the club was just moving away from the Munich tragedy of the 58th and Busby was slowly gathering a new team. The one that was supposed to take revenge on fate and in defiance of everything to break into history. The survivor of the plane crash of Bobby Charlton, who came in 62 from “Torino” Denis Lowe (perhaps the only one, for the transfer of which real money was paid - but he, of course, was worth it) and George Best became leader in this team. Each eventually received the "Golden Ball", each became a legend. These legends, however, are very different.

The Northern Irishman made his debut at Manchester United in 1963 at the age of 17 years, quickly made his way to the main team, and already next season won the English championship with the club, scoring 10 goals in 41 matches. A year later, team reached the semi-finals of the Champions Cup. At 1/4, the great “Benfica” of the great Eusebio got in their way. United won 3-2 at Old Trafford, but in the second leg, the British seemed to have no chance - at home, supported by an 80,000-strong crowd, the Portuguese were considered almost invincible. 19-year-old Best opened the scoring with his head already 6 minutes after the starting whistle. In a corporate style, slipping past defenders, doubled the advantage. Immediately he gave an assist and the score was 3-0.

"United" in the end won 5: 1, although in the semi-final unexpectedly lost to Partizan. Glory, however, could not stop anything. From Lisbon to Manchester airport, he arrived in a chic sombrero, and after the match he was called "Fifth Beatles" - this nickname will remain for life.

George Best
Fifth Beatles

And in 1968, "MU" won the European Champions Cup (before winning again the English championship), in the final again Benfica - and again Best. The main time at Wembley ended with a draw of 1: 1, and in an additional George scored another spectacular ball and brought the "devils" forward. United beat 4: 1 and won the first trophy from English teams. Matt Busby made her - almost from scratch created a team that conquered Europe and after 10 years worthy of honor to honor the dead in Munich. Best in the same season was awarded the Golden ball.

1968 - The peak of "United", the peak of Basby, the peak of Bobby Charlton. They did what they seemed to be their historical mission and could not find a new motivation. For "MU" a new era began, an era of decline - the next time the English championship club won only after a quarter century, already with Alex Ferguson. The trouble is that at the same time peak reached Best. The trouble is that he was only 22.

George, as it usually happens with geniuses, was ahead of time. He became the first superstar of football in the modern sense - not only the star at first on the field, and then not so much on field. Best quickly turned into a glamorous secular character, opened a couple of nightclubs and boutiques in Manchester. Unpleasant is that George's last 30 years of life has turned into a visual instructive manual on the harm of alcohol.

Best 6 years after the Golden Ball played for "MU", but more and more went into binge, missed training, and then games, quarreled with coaches and teammates. Basby tried to influence the Northlander, but George came to him in the office, and instead of listening to a wise coach, he watched through him and counted the emblems on the wall of his cabinet.

Best himself then complained that the team did not help him, but completely depended on him, and he quickly lost his motivation.

Best was the exact opposite of Charlton. Relationships from them for some time have not developed, but all ended in the fact that George did not go to Bobby's farewell match, but instead he went to the bar again and threw an egg into the portrait of Charlton.

After United Best played in Ireland, USA, Scotland, Australia, for some time returned to England, at Fulham. Sometimes the audience was lucky and they saw the glare of the former Best...

George Best and Pele
George Best and Pele

In Fulham there was a curious episode. Once George became bored during the match and he began to take a ball from his partner and longtime friend on the Rodney March.

The Northern Ireland team is a separate story. Best did not succeed in playing with her at the world championship. In 1982, this team got there, but Best was already 36 and his football talent by that time had already completely dissolved in alcohol. George had several memorable matches for the national team. Sometime in the late 60's he practically beat Scotland alone - the local press on the eve accused him of being "enthusiastic" for "MU", and was then forced to take her words back. There was another episode in the fight with Holland, when Best got the ball, ran with him to another flank, found Johan Cruyff there and woke up the ball in between his legs.

Formally Best completed his career in 1984. In the same year, George for some time went to jail for drunk driving and resistance to the police.

In the autumn of 2005, Best returned to the hospital again, and no longer came out of it, although his body was exceptionally strong in nature, and for a long time aggressively fought with many diseases, surpassing the expectations of doctors. Latest Bests words:

Do not die like me.
George Best and Pele

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Award nameYearAmount
1 Golden Ball 1968 1
2 Football Player of the Year by the Association of Football Journalists 1968 1
3 Best Scorer of the First Division 1967/68 1
4 Best Scorer of Manchester United among midfielders (179 goals) in official matches 1
5 Best Manchester United scorer in the season 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972 4
6 Manchester United record holder in the number of goals in one match: 6 goals (along with Harold Hals)
7 Included in the list of 100 legends of the Football League 1998
8 Reward Associations of football journalists for services to football 2000
9 Honorary Doctor of the University of Queens (Belfast) 2001
10 Honorary th citizen of Castlerey 2001
11 Included in the Hall of Fame of English Football 2002
12 Awarded the anniversary award of UEFA 2003
13 Included in the FIFA 100 list 2004
14 Golden Foot (in the nomination "Football Legends") 2005
15 PFA Special Award for merits before football (posthumous ) 2006
16 Included in the list of the greatest football players of the XX century according to World Soccer: 8th place

Club "Manchester United "
Award nameYearAmount
1 Youth Cup of England 1964 1
2 Champion Perchovogo divizion 1964/65,1966/67 2
3 European Championship Cup 1967/68 1
4 Super Cup of England 1965, 1967 2