George Best's Manchester United career came to an end at the age of 27 with 466 games, 178 goals, two First Division winners' medals, and a European Cup winners' medal. George Best played for eleven different clubs during the following 10 years, including two Irish football clubs. When he retired from professional football in 1967 at the age of 35, Best had won five caps for Ireland.
He returned to Manchester United as manager but only stayed for one season before moving back to Dublin where he took charge of Derry City for one year. He then went back to England and took charge of Brighton & Hove Albion for a season before retiring for good in 1972.
Overall, Best played 504 matches in all competitions for 11 different teams in a career that lasted 10 years. At the time of his death in 2005, he was ranked number 8 on UEFA's list of the 100 greatest players of all time.
He is still regarded as one of the best forwards of all time and his appearance rate of nearly one game per week for several years during the 1950s and '60s makes him still popular today.
Best started his professional career at Belfast Celtic before joining Manchester United in 1953. The Old Trafford club paid £8,000 for his services and he immediately became a key player for them, helping the team win the First Division in 1955-56 and 1958-59.
Despite this, he managed to make 466 appearances for Manchester United, where he played some of his greatest football. George Best was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on May 22, 1946. George has been a fan of soccer since he was a child, and he used to play for his local Cregagh club. He made his professional debut at the age of 17, while still a student at St. Mary's College.
Best showed great talent as a player and was soon playing for the Northern Irish national team. In 1963, he moved to England to join Manchester United as they began their quest for greatness. It didn't take long before he became one of the world's most beloved players. Best helped the Red Devils win the FA Cup in 1968, and he was also named FWA Footballer of the Year that same year.
However, he was also involved in some controversial incidents during his career. He had 10 goals taken away from him for disciplinary reasons, which is the record for most penalties given out by the English Football Association. He also received a three-match ban after punching an opposing player during a match.
After retiring as a player in 1975, Best served as a coach at several clubs including Manchester United, where he was caretaker manager for two matches in 2001. He died in August 2003 at the age of 36 due to alcohol poisoning.
George was 22 at the time and went on to collect numerous accolades later that year, including European Footballer of the Year and Football Writers' Association Player of the Year. This was the pinnacle of George Best's soccer career. He would go on to have a successful career in management, winning the FA Cup with Manchester United in '91 before being fired mid-season. He then took over as manager at Dublin City FC where he died at age 49.
When you win two European Championships in your late 20s or early 30s, you're considered one of the best players of all time. George Best was born April 23rd, 1946 in St. John's Wood, London, England. He was an incredibly talented soccer player who stood out from an early age. At only 8 years old, he already had great ball control and was known for his accurate passes.
He made his professional debut at 18 years old with English club Manchester United but only stayed there for a short period of time. In 1965, he moved to Belgian club Daring Club de Bruxelles where he helped them win the league title. In 1967, he moved back to England where he signed with Liverpool. Under manager Bob Paisley, Best fitted into the team style of play extremely well and contributed many important goals during his time with the Reds.
George Best scored six goals on this day. On this day 50 years ago, George Best scored a hat-trick to help Manchester United defeat Northampton Town 8-2 in the fifth round of the FA Cup. The game was played at Old Trafford.
Best started the match and scored after just three minutes. He then added another goal before the break. After the interval, Best completed his treble before leaving the field with a knee injury. He returned later in the game but could not prevent United from losing 3-4. The Northampton player who scored four times was Peter McWilliam.
This result took United into a quarter-final tie against Leeds United. The game ended 1-1 after extra time and had to be replayed at Elland Road. This time it was United who won 2-1 thanks to two goals from Best again. It was his last game for Man United before he moved to Ireland where he finished his career.
Overall, Best scored six goals in five matches for Man United. The club legend died in 2013 at the age of 59.
Today marks 50 years since the late Northern Irishman won his first Premier League title with Manchester United. George Best is seen as a child.
Best made 470 appearances for Manchester United in all competitions between 1963 and 1974, scoring 179 goals. Over the next decade, he fell into a quick decline, bouncing through clubs such as South Africa, the Republic of Ireland, the United States, Scotland, and Australia. He finished his career in Japan with Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
Best played in South Africa during a three-month stint with Kaizer Chiefs in 1971. He returned home after making just one appearance for the club.
Kaizer Chiefs were a professional soccer team from Johannesburg, South Africa. The team was founded in 1969 as Johannesburg City Stars and renamed Chiefs a year later when they moved to their current headquarters in Leisure Valley. The original roster included several international players such as Welsh striker John Charles, Scottish defender Jim McAlister, and Brazilian forward Zico.
Chiefs competed in the South African Premier League from their debut season until 1975, when they withdrew due to financial problems. They were replaced by Blackpool Town in the National Football League (now known as the Afrilicbia Premiership) for whom many of the Chiefs' players had signed. After one season, Blackpool withdrew too, leaving Chiefs without a league to compete in.
They continued to play in domestic tournaments and exhibitions until 1979, when they finally folded. No player from that era has ever been selected for the South African national team.