Who is George Best?
George Best was a famous Northern Irish professional footballer who played as a winger for Manchester United. George was also considered one of the all-time best players.
In 1968, he has crowned European Footballer of the Year and finished sixth in the FIFA Player of the Century vote.
He was a very skillful and stylish player with pace, balance, feints, goal-scoring ability, two-footedness, and the ability to get past opponents.
George Best, a handsome and good-looking player, was one of the first media star footballers to acquire the epithet EI Beatle in 1966.
It is heartbreaking to learn that he is no longer with us, having died in 2005 at the age of 59.
Here are his top 62 quotations that will take your life from zero to one.
“Love, apart from attraction, is about a mutual respect.”
“I guess I dressed more like a pop star than the customary blazer and tall trousers that other players wore.”
“That stuff about becoming an icon, the fifth Beatle, I just thought it was so weird.”
“I used to rush home from work to watch ‘Match Of The Day.'”
I wouldn’t miss whatever I was doing.”
“There aren’t many individuals you can trust.”
“My long hair and sideburns definitely made me stand out because my hairdo was absolutely different from the other footballers at the time.”
“What is the finest part about being a father?”
Well, I believe it’s exactly what every man desires – a son and heir.” Best, George
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“I GAVE UP WOMEN AND ALCOHOL IN 1969 – IT WAS THE WORST 20 MINUTES OF MY LIFE.”
“I’ve given up drinking, but only while I’m sleeping.”
“I’ve always considered myself a gypsy.”
“Perhaps ‘loner’ is a strong word, but I’ve always preferred being alone.”
“I turned into a beach bum.”
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“I observed that when I touched the ball on the field, the crowd made this shrill noise with all the birds shouting like at a Beatles concert.”
“You can’t get away from football; it’s an enormous business.”
But you have to remove that from the game.” Best, George
“Some of the things I’m reported to have done would need me to be Superman;
I’ve been in six separate places at six different times.”
“I blew a lot of money on alcohol, birds, and fast vehicles.”
“I basically squandered the rest.” Best, George
“The wonderful thing is that when people approach me, they remember the football, not all the other nonsense.”
“I used to go missing rather frequently…
Miss Canada, Miss UK, and Miss World.” Best, George
“You can only blame yourself if you make your own mind.”
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“I couldn’t even watch myself play on TV because I couldn’t empathize with the person on the screen.”
I couldn’t wrap my head around it.
It seemed as though everything was occurring to someone else.” Best, George
“Football is a depressing sport.”
“I was born with a great gift, yet it sometimes comes with a destructive streak.”
“They say you have to hit rock bottom, and I can tell you that almost dying is as close to rock bottom as you can get.”
“Everyone could see I was sick except me.”
“I was always looking for more – more of everything.”
“I don’t believe you can purchase love with money.”
It can buy you affection, but not love.” Best, George
“I remember getting £5,000 each game while playing for Hibs towards the end of the 1970s.”
They allowed me to go from London, train on Friday, and play on Saturday.
That lasted until my Inland Revenue colleagues decided to take two-thirds.
That wasn’t particularly entertaining for me.” Best, George
“There isn’t a single player I’d pay to see.”
You might say, Thierry Henry, who is a fantastic striker with pace and power, but a great entertainer must also be charismatic.
Is he charismatic? No.” Best, George
“I was the one who moved football from the back pages to the front.”
“I was 19 or 20 when The Beatles were at their peak, and I was also nearing the peak of my career at the time.”
I was also the first footballer to have long hair, which earned me the moniker “Fifth Beatle.”
“I’ve always thought I was the finest player ever.”
“I’ve never been impressed by David Beckham.”
“There are decent players, great players, and those few at the top – the Peles, Cruyffs, and Maradona’s.”
34th of 62 Best George Quotes
“WE WERE THE FIRST GENERATION TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH MODERN FOOTBALL STARDOM.”
SOME PERFORMED BETTER THAN OTHERS.” BEST, GEORGE
“It all started with football, my favorite sport, and from there, my life steadily unraveled.”
“I’m fortunate that, despite all of my terrible press over the years, the public still appears to like me.”
“Nobody knows who I am.”
“I don’t regret anything. “I made all of my own choices.” Best, George
“It’s impossible for me not to feel grateful when I look back on my life as a whole.”
“Dave Mackay is the epitome of a superstar in my opinion.”
The man shattered his leg three times and refused to be carried away.
He walked away.” Best, George
“The people of Northern Ireland have resolved my entire existence.”
“I respect Fabien Barthez and have worked with two excellent keepers in Alex Stepney and Harry Gregg.”
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“There were always a number of clubs in contention for the league when I was playing – Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Leeds.”
Every week was a huge game and battle.” Best, George
“Today’s players complain about the number of games they play, but when you’re young, you can’t play enough.”
“Manchester holds so many memories for me.”
‘I used to have boutiques here, bars there, restaurants in that area,’
I think everywhere I went.”
“The fact that so many people want to see me is a huge compliment.”
It’s all about football for them. That’s how they remember me.”
“Drink is the only opponent I have yet to defeat.”
“At the start of the season, there are 16 top-flight teams looking behind them to avoid relegation.”
The anxiety begins in the boardroom and spreads to managers and players.
The supporters are aware of it.” Best, George
“From the FA through UEFA and FIFA, there is a naivety, a lack of knowledge and awareness, and a filled with out-of-touch people.”
“It is the coaches’ responsibility to send out an aggressive formation and instruct their players to be bold.”
“I used to fantasize about going around the keeper, stopping it on the line, and then getting down on my hands and knees and heading it into the net.”
I almost achieved it when I scored against Benfica in the 1968 European Cup final.
I left the keeper for dead, but then I backtracked.” Best, George
“My only regret is that I didn’t play for another ten years.”
“I was perhaps the first footballer to have a pop-star status, and my agent was correct when he suggested we could put my name on stair rods and sell them to bungalow owners.”
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“You’d never heard of Pele if I hadn’t been born ugly.”
“Players now endure groin injuries for months and months, and I often think they don’t care whether they play or not since they’re getting paid anyhow.”
“I had to outdo everyone when we went out on the town, just like I wanted to outdo everyone when I played.”
“Playing gave me a rush.”
58th of 62 Best George Quotes
“WHEN I’M GONE, THEY’LL FORGET ALL THE RUBBISH, BUT THEY’LL REMEMBER THE FOOTBALL.”
“EVEN IF ONLY ONE PERSON BELIEVES I’M THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD, THAT’S ENOUGH FOR ME.”
“One of the reasons I don’t want to play in England again is because we lack personalities.”
“As long as I keep in shape and play well, I don’t see how anyone can object to what I do off the field.”
“When an athlete achieves success in England, we do everything we can to destroy him.”
“I’ve become really disillusioned with English soccer.”