George ” The Belfast Boy ” Best is widely considered, by those who had the privilege to see him play, to be the most naturally talented footballer of all time. George’s career was blighted by controversy however, due to his love of partying and women.
His colourful life both on and off the pitch, as well as his wonderful sense of humour, made for some of football’s most iconic quotes. Here are 10 of our favourites:
“They’ll forget all the rubbish when I’ve gone and they’ll remember the football. If only one person thinks I’m the best player in the world, that’s good enough for me.” – We’re sure there is more than one person.
“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.” – Lucky b@$x@7d
“In 1969 I gave up women and alcohol – it was the worst 20 minutes of my life.” – Sounds terrible
“I used to go missing a lot… Miss Canada, Miss United Kingdom, Miss World.” – Good man!
“I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.” – How very wasteful
“I was born with a great gift, and sometimes with that comes a destructive streak. Just as I wanted to outdo everyone when I played, I had to outdo everyone when we were out on the town” – He probably was one of the best at that too.
“I used to dream about taking the ball round the keeper, stopping it on the line and then getting on my hands and knees and heading it into the net. When I scored against Benfica in the 1968 European Cup final I nearly did it. I left the keeper for dead but then I chickened out. I might have given the boss a heart attack!” – Because scoring in the European Cup final sometimes just isn’t enough.
“Footballers today are millionaires by the time they’re 22 or 23. More and more of them are going out and looking for something to give them a buzz outside football, be it gambling, drugs or booze. I got my buzz from playing. Players now have a groin injury for months and months and I often think they don’t really give a toss whether they’re playing or not because they’re getting paid anyway.” – He’s got a point
“I once said Gazza’s IQ was less than his shirt number and he asked me: ‘What’s an IQ?” – And they say footballers are thick.
“Pelé called me the greatest footballer in the world. That is the ultimate salute to my life.” – High praise indeed