George Best

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GEORGE BEST

REAL LIFE
George Best (born 22 May 1946) was one of the greatest footballers to play the game. Famed for the 11 years he spent at Manchester United, Best was a Ballon d’Or winner in 1968 and helped United lift the European Cup the same year.

Renowned for his incredible dribbling ability, Best was called “the greatest player in the world” by Brazilian legend Pelé, and with 37 caps was said to be the “greatest player to ever pull on the green shirt of Northern Ireland” by the Irish Football Association.
Full name
George Best

Date of birth
22 May 1946

Place of birth
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Date of death
25 November 2005 (aged 59)

Place of death
London, England

Height
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)

Playing position
Winger and Attacking midfielder
YEARS
TEAM
APP
GOALS
11MANCHESTER UNITED474181
0JEWISH GUILD51
0DUNSTABLE TOWN30
0STOCKPORT COUNTY32
1CORK CELTIC30
0LOS ANGELES AZTECS2415
2FULHAM4710
1LOS ANGELES AZTECS3714
1FORT LAUDERDALE STRIKERS337
1HIBERNIAN223
1SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES5621
1BOURNEMOUTH50
0BRISBANE LIONS40
1TOBERMORE UNITED10

YEARS
TEAM
APP
GOALS
13🇯🇪NORTHERN IRELAND3739
ITEMS
Base Version

1966

After joining Manchester United at the age of 15, George Best quickly impressed, making his debut two years later in 1963. Being incredibly technically gifted, his supernatural dribbling ability and popstar looks led to his overwhelming popularity on and off the field. His fame entered stratospheric levels in 1966, after scoring twice away at Benfica in the European cup quarter-final.

Best’s second goal involved a superb run, rounding 3 players, before striking the ball past the goalkeeper.
Mid Version

1970

One of George Best’s finest moments came in an FA Cup game in 1970, as the tricky winger scored a competition-record 6 goals in a match against Northampton Town. Despite playing on a mud-trodden pitch, Best still dazzled, completing a legendary double-hat trick in classic fashion.

Through on goal, Best feinted to the keeper’s left. The goalkeeper dived to the floor expecting to collect the ball, however Best had dropped a shoulder, and dribbled the other way to pass into an empty net.
Prime Version

1968

The 1967-68 season was a defining one for George Best, winning the Division 1 Player of the Year award, and finishing as the league’s top goal scorer.

However, Manchester United’s European Cup run allowed the winger to reach the pinnacle of his career, as United faced Benfica in the final at Wembley. Best scored United’s second goal of the game as they beat Benfica 4-1, before a historic year was capped off as he won the Ballon d’Or for 1968, cementing his name in the list of all-time greats.

 YEARRTGPOSPACSHOPASDRIDEFPHY
BASE196688RW918881925970
MID197090RW909083935770
PRIME196893RW939184945871
RELEASE TIMES
BASE
September 2019 – December 2019

MID
September 2019 – February 2020

PRIME
December 2019 – September 2020

MOMENT
February 2020 – September 2020


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September 2019 – September 2020

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September 2019 – September 2020

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December 2019 – September 2020

MOMENT
February 2020 – September 2020

BASE
September 2019 – December 2019

MID
September 2019 – February 2020

PRIME
December 2019 – September 2020

MOMENT
February 2020 – September 2020

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