George Best was a Northern Irish professional footballer who played as a winger, spending most of his club career at Manchester United. A highly skillful dribbler, Best is regarded as one of the best players in the history of the sport. He was named European Footballer of the Year in 1968 and came sixth in the FIFA Player of the Century vote. Best received plaudits for his playing style, which combined pace, skill, balance, feints, two-footedness, goalscoring and the ability to get past defenders. In international football, Best was capped 37 times for Northern Ireland between 1964 and 1977. A combination of the team's performance and his lack of fitness in 1982 meant that he never played in the finals of a major tournament. He considered his international career as being "recreational football", with the expectations placed on a smaller nation in Northern Ireland being much less than with his club. He is regarded as one of the greatest players never to have played at a World Cup.
1968 European Soccer Player of the year who unexpectedly retired in the prime of his career at the age of 27; scored 137 goals in 361 appearances for Manchester United between 1963 and 1974.
He belonged to the Orange Order, which meant a lot to his entire family.
He was one of the first European soccer players to become famous, but many believe that this contributed to his demise.
In 1978, he married Angela MacDonald-Janes and in 1981, he had his first son, Calum.
In the 1960s, he and Peter McParland [Soccer Player] both played for the Northern Ireland national team.
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