GEORGE BEST - 22 QUOTES

GEORGE BEST? WHO IS IT?

Before dazzling you with poetry made in the United Kingdom with the top 22 quotes from George Best, it seems important to us to give you a quick presentation of this character.

First of all, it is essential to remember that his first and last name is written George Best and not George Best with an "s". It's not the end of the world, you'll tell me, but it's still important because we pay attention to the little details.

George Best, therefore, was born in Northern Ireland, to be more precise in Belfast in 1946 and to be even more precise, on May 22nd.

GEORGE BEST, AN OUTSTANDING FOOTBALLER

Spotted when he was just 15 by Manchester United, Best made his debut in the first group two years later at the age of 17. Bob Bishop was the one who spotted George Best and one of his friends, Eric McMordy in Belfast, and he informed Manchester United Red Devils manager Matt Busby of his findings with a legendary quote: "I have found two young people, one good and one genius". What more could you ask for?

On the pitch, he is still considered one of the best strikers in the history of football. Throughout his career, his technique, liveliness and dribbling technique at the feet are praised almost every game. His incredible performances in the 1960s earned him the Ballon d'Or in 1968. The same year he won the Champion Clubs' Cup. This golden ball is a reward for his entire footballing work. Adored by all, King Pele would even say that George Best "is the best player he has ever seen playing" and Diego Maradona would say that he is his idol.

GEORGE BEST, AN EXTRA-SPORTY LIFE WITH A FATAL OUTCOME

Incredible on the field, George Best forged his legend also with his life off the field and we are beginning to understand why Maradona loves him so much. It's simple, George Best enjoys life and from every point of view, he is also considered the first football star player.

His repeated excesses are starting to be felt more and more on the field. He is seen as an angry person, skipping training and arriving drunk on match days. These outings are favoured by his star status, which gives him all the rights. In spite of these scandals, his level on the field is still impressive with incredible performances such as his return match from suspension (linked to the fact that he snatched the ball from the arms of a referee) where he scored 6 goals against Northampton Town FC (8-2 victory).

Living badly in competition with new Manchester United nuggets like Bobby Charlton, George Best fell into alcohol and ended up being sacked from his heart club in 1974 due to various accumulations of abuse.

The rest of his career and his after-career were similar, alcohol, abuse, girls, countless clubs thinking they could revive him and incredible talent wasted.

George Best died on November 25, 2005 of a lung infection at the age of 59.

Despite all the controversy, the football pitch always ends up taking over. Years after his death and the end of his career, he is still considered a football genius. We still talk a lot about him thanks to his quotes, which are more implausible than others. 

GEORGE BEST AUTHOR OF INCREDIBLE QUOTES, A POET IN HIS OWN WAY

QUOTE 1 FROM GEORGE BEST: ABOUT THE GOAL OF HIS DREAMS
“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!” 

QUOTE 2 FROM GEORGE BEST: ABOUT PAUL GASCOIGNE
“I once said Gazza’s IQ was less than his shirt number and he asked me: ‘What’s an IQ?”

QUOTE 3 FROM GEORGE BEST: ABOUT ALCOHOL
“I've stopped drinking, but only while I'm asleep.”

QUOTE 4 FROM GEORGE BEST: ABOUT HIS BEAUTY
“If I'd been born ugly, you'd never have heard of Pelé.”

QUOTE 5 FROM GEORGE BEST: ABOUT ALCOHOL BUT ALSO ABOUT GIRLS
“In 1969 I gave up women and alcohol - it was the worst 20 minutes of my life.”

QUOTE 6 FROM GEORGE BEST: ABOUT HIS REGRET
"My one big regret is that I didn't play on for ten more years."

QUOTE 7 FROM GEORGE BEST: ABOUT THE MISS WORLDS
"They say I slept with seven Miss Worlds. I didn't. It was only four. I didn't turn up for the other three."

QUOTE 8 FROM GEORGE BEST: ABOUT ERIC CANTONA.
"I'd give all the Champagne I've ever drunk to be playing alongside him in a big European match at Old Trafford."

QUOTE 9 FROM GEORGE BEST: ABOUT HIS LIFESTYLE.
"I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."


QUOTE 10 FROM GEORGE BEST: ABOUT ANOTHER REGRET.
- Journalist: "If you could go back, is there anything you'd like to change?"
- Best: "Yes, I took a penalty against Chelsea in 1971 and Peter Bonetti stopped it. I should have chosen the other side."



QUOTE 11 FROM GEORGE BEST: ABOUT CRISTIANO RONALDO
"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."

QUOTE 12 FROM GEORGE BEST: ABOUT WANTING TO OUTDO OTHERS.
"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."

QUOTE 13 FROM GEORGE BEST: ABOUT HIS YEAR AT THE CLUB DE LOS ANGELES AZTECS
“He had a small house near the sea, but to go to the beach had to go through in front of a bar, I never bathed me”.

QUOTE 14 FROM GEORGE BEST: ABOUT HIS TRANSPLANT IN 2002 WHICH REQUIRED A TRANSFUSION OF 40 LITRES OF BLOOD (40 HALF-LITRES OR 20 PINTS)
"I was in for 10 hours and had 40 pints - beating my previous record by 20 minutes"

GEORGE BEST QUOTE 15: ABOUT DAVID BECKHAM, HIS SUCCESSOR AT MANCHESTER UNITED
"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."

QUOTE 16 FROM GEORGE BEST: ABOUT THE WOMEN IN HIS LIFE.
"I have really only loved two women in my life. Unfortunately, they are not the ones I married."

QUOTE 17 FROM GEORGE BEST: ABOUT HIS MEMORY ON A BBC SHOW.
- Journalist: "What happened next?"
- Best: "Why are you asking me? I don't even remember what happened last night."

QUOTE 18 FROM GEORGE BEST: ABOUT FOOTBALL AND GIRLS.
"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."

QUOTE 19 FROM GEORGE BEST: ABOUT HIS GOAL WITH SAN JOSE EARTHUAKES AGAINST FORT LANDERDALE, THE GREATEST GOAL OF HIS CAREER.
"I threw myself, dribbled one player and then another. At the end I had cleared five players over nine metres. At the time I wouldn't have been able to tell you how I did it and I still don't know how I did it today. When I see it on television, it leaves me dreaming."

QUOTE 20 FROM GEORGE BEST: ABOUT THE MISS WORLD AGAIN.
"I used to go missing a lot... Miss Canada, Miss United Kingdom, Miss World."

QUOTE 16 FROM GEORGE BEST: ABOUT THE WOMEN IN HIS LIFE.
"I have really only loved two women in my life. Unfortunately, they are not the ones I married."

QUOTE 17 FROM GEORGE BEST: ABOUT HIS MEMORY ON A BBC SHOW.
- Journalist: "What happened next?"
- Best: "Why are you asking me? I don't even remember what happened last night."

QUOTE 18 FROM GEORGE BEST: ABOUT FOOTBALL AND GIRLS.
"If I had had the choice between scoring a goal in the top corner or going for the missus, I would have had a hard time deciding. Luckily, both happened to me."

QUOTE 19 FROM GEORGE BEST: ABOUT HIS GOAL WITH SAN JOSE EARTHUAKES AGAINST FORT LANDERDALE, THE GREATEST GOAL OF HIS CAREER.
"I threw myself, dribbled one player and then another. At the end I had cleared five players over nine metres. At the time I wouldn't have been able to tell you how I did it and I still don't know how I did it today. When I see it on television, it leaves me dreaming."

QUOTE 20 FROM GEORGE BEST: ABOUT THE MISS WORLD AGAIN.
"I have travelled a lot in my career. I've been Miss Canada, Miss United Kingdom, Miss World."

QUOTE 21 FROM GEORGE BEST: ABOUT HIS TRAINING CLUB MANCHESTER UNITED
"When I was 25, I felt the team was on the decline and I plunged into alcohol. For 3 years I went out every night and gambling became my second drug."

QUOTE 22 FROM GEORGE BEST: ABOUT THE CHARGES AGAINST HIM
"To do all the things I'm accused of, you would have had to be Superman. I was in six different places at six different times."

THE QUOTE FROM HIS GRAVE TO FINISH THIS TOP...
"Maradona good, Pele better and George Best."