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George Best

George Best

George Best (22 May 1946 – 25 November 2005) was a Northern Irish professional football player, best known for his years with Manchester United.


  • If you'd given me the choice of going out and beating four men and smashing a goal in from thirty yards against Liverpool or going to bed with Miss World, it would have been a difficult choice. Luckily, I had both.
    • In the book The Afterlife by Paul Morley "[1]", Footy Factor (April 23, 2009).
  • I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.
  • I've stopped drinking, but only while I'm asleep.
    • C. 1974; reported in Patrick West, Beating Them at Their Own Game: How the Irish Conquered English Soccer (2006), p. 188.
  • In 1969 I gave up women and alcohol - it was the worst 20 minutes of my life.
    • Reported in Ned Sherrin, Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations (2008), p. 153.
  • He cannot kick with his left foot, he cannot head a ball, he cannot tackle and he doesn't score many goals. Apart from that he's all right.
  • There have been a few players described as the new George Best over the years, but this is the first time it's been a compliment to me.

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