George Best - Bestie / El Beatle / The Belfast Boy.
The Irish Football Association described him as the "greatest player to ever pull on the green shirt of Northern Ireland".
Best began his club career with Manchester United, with the scout who had spotted his talent at the age of 15 sending a telegram to manager Matt Busby which read: "I think I've found you a genius." After making his debut aged 17, he scored 179 goals from 470 appearances over 11 years, and was the club's top goalscorer in the league for five consecutive seasons. He said of his career: "I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars – the rest I just squandered".
Best was once quoted as saying, “Pelé called me the greatest footballer in the world. That is the ultimate salute to my life.”
Club (over 10 appearances):
Manchester United (361), LA Aztecs (23), Fulham (42), LA Aztecs (32), Fort Lauderdale Strikers (28), Hibernian (17), San Jose Earthquakes (56)
Northern Ireland (37)
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