George Best was the most complete football player of all time. He could do EVERYTHING.
I can’t remember who it was in the 1968 European Cup winning team that said it (Sadler maybe?) but one of the players said that he could have played anywhere on the pitch and done a better job than the guy that was actually playing there.
People often don’t realise how generous and Best was and what a fabulous personality he had too.
Two of my favourite Best stories are firstly when he said:
“Perhaps he saw something I didn’t” This was to the bellbow who, in an infamous episode, remarked “George, where did it all go wrong?” upon seeing him with a magnum of champagne, thousands of pounds and the then Miss Universe in his hotel room.
Secondly, when he admitted that:
“Against Benfica in the final I nearly did it, I beat the keeper but then chickened out. I might have given the boss a heart attack,” - on nearly completing every schoolboy’s dream as he considered getting on his hands and knees to head the ball over the line, in the 1968 European Cup final of all places.
George Best was arguably the greatest footballer of all time and anybody who has seen him play would say that he was the most talented.
In Manchester, he’ll never be forgotten…