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The Best Quotes

Updated on June 26, 2012

George Best

Quite simply the greatest footballer that British football has ever seen.George Best was a star of the swinging sixties, a true character on and off the football pitch with his very own dazzling array of skills. Throughout his life there have been many things said about George, as well as he himself having his own say. Here are some favourite quotes.

The Best Quotes

I think I've found you a genius.
The telegram sent to Manchester United by talent scout Bob Bishop, who discovered a 15-year-old Best playing for Cregagh Boys' Club.

In 1969 I gave up women and alcohol and it was the worst 20 minutes of my life.

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. On David Beckham

I used to go missing a lot... Miss Canada, Miss United Kingdom, Miss World.

That's what children do - throw food. That's not fighting. We were real men. We'd have chinned them. His verdict on the Battle of the Buffet between Manchester United and Arsenal.

In 1969 I gave up women and alcohol - it was the worst 20 minutes of my life.

He was able to use either foot - sometimes he seemed to have six.
Sir Matt Busby

To be honest ,he's too good looking. I don't like him. On Jose Mourinho.

You could put George in any position in our 1968 team, and he would have been better than the person playing there. David Sadler

I'd have to be superman to do some of the things I'm supposed to have done, I've been at six different places at six different times.

My one big regret is that I didn't play on for 10 more years

He was a complete player. There are not many about in the world or ever has been. He was a fantastic man.Kind,very generous .There was no big-headiness about him. Sammy Mcilroy

By the time I was 25 I felt the team was in decline and alcohol was taking over. For three years I was out every night and gambling became a drug, too

Pelé called me the greatest footballer in the world. That is the ultimate salute to my life.

He's been very, very lucky, an average player who came into the game when it was short of personalities. On Kevin Keegan

He's not fit to lace my boots as a player. On Kevin Keegan

The closest I got to him was when we shook hands at the end of the game. Northampton Town player Roy Fairfax, who had been marking Best when he scored six goals in an 8-2 FA Cup win for Man Utd in 1970

I don't want to end up like him. Paul Gascoigne on Best

The only thing Gazza and I have in common is that we are both white

I'd give all the champagne I've ever drunk to be playing alongside him in an European match at Old Trafford. On Eric Cantona

I was in for 10 hours and 40 pints - beating my previous record by 20 minutes. On the blood transfusion after his liver transplant.

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. It's just that you do one of those things in front of 50,000 people.

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    • ronaldoh profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from England

      Glad you enjoyed it!

    • premierkj profile image


      8 years ago from Republic of Ireland

      "I spent most of my money on birds and booze, the rest I just squandered". Great Hub. Long live the legend of Best!


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