“The greatest player to ever pull on the green shirt of Northern Ireland”. Yes, that’s true George Best Genius Footballer was the most gifted football player ever to play the beautiful game. At the age of 15 George Best was discovered by the scout Bob Bishop of Manchester united he wrote the telegram to manager Matt Busby which read:
“Boss, I think I’ve found you a genius.”
Began his carrier at the age of 17 with Manchester United which lasted for a decade. George was way ahead of that generation in terms of skills and techniques. He achieved success no one before able to. A Nightmare for the defenders and was unstoppable. Good looks with the Beatles haircut was perfect off the pitch as well quoted as “The fifth Beatle”. By the Portugese media.
Named European footballer of the year after the famous European cup win in 1968. Pele once said George Best is the greatest football player, that was the talent and charisma george has. After gaining success on the field soon became noticed off the field and that’s how George best became the first superstar footballer.
“Maradona good, Pele better, George best”
In the 1960s George Best Genius Footballer entertained the whole footballing world with his talent, mesmerizing skills and good looks. That’s how he started enjoying his life as a superstar with excessive stardom. Won every title with Manchester united and remain top scorer for the consecutive five years. Soon George became favorite and local boy of the Manchester, footballer with such stardom was never seen before. The magazines, TV ads, everywhere it was him the poster boy of the 60s.
“I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.”
George’s life became like a celebrity luxurious car, party, alcohol and women were the part of his daily routine. Miss worlds and actress use to die on his looks and popularity, life of the Belfast boy changed forever. As the days pasted George became addicted to alcohol and women badly, once George said:
“In 1969 I gave up women and alcohol – it was the worst 20 minutes of my life.” Life of a genius footballer started with several problems off the pitch as well as on the pitch. The skills for which he was known started disappearing. Missing trainings, drunk and drive, the problem with the manager and various issues which led to the downfall of the greatest player.
Exit from Manchester United
After the retirement of Sir Matt Busby George’s life became more tough as he use to miss training’s, lack of match fitness, as a result the career of George best with Manchester United came to end after a decade. He played for lots of clubs after that, but he failed to achieve that success. George became more and more addicted to alcohol and less to football, which was his first love. Once a waiter of the hotel asks him “Mr Best, where did it all go wrong?”. The fans started missing him, but there hero was lost.
“Don’t Die Like Me”
George started drinking so heavily that his liver damaged completely. He went through liver transplant and after some days again started drinking and it was very difficult for him to give up on drinking. His health became so bad, he was admitted to the hospital. After fighting with several diseases George left the world. He had regrets, that’s why he said “don’t die like me”.
This is how the excess stardom and alcohol took the life of one of the greatest and most gifted football player ever. George Best Genius Footballer was so skillful, talented and able to take on defenders with ease which made him the greatest.
“Football is art and George Best was an artist” – Eric Cantona