British Association footballer, who played for Manchester United and Northern Ireland and was regarded as one of the most talented footballers in the world.
Born in Belfast, Best signed for Manchester United almost straight from school and his exceptional ability was soon evident. As an attacking winger with remarkable ball control, he went on to win championship medals and a European Cup winners' medal with the First Division club. In 1968–69 he was European and English Footballer of the Year. By 1973, however, his lack of self-discipline and wayward behaviour were becoming apparent. Best played in America, had a spell with Fulham and played briefly for a succession of other clubs of varying status, during which time his domestic and alcohol problems were publicized almost as much as his great footballing skills once were. It is particularly regretted that he never played for Northern Ireland in a World Cup final.
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