Greatest George Best quotes, a complete collection

Sun 18 April 2021 | 19:29

A look back at the Greatest George Best quotes including his comments on the biggest players of the world to his famous quotes about his many love affairs.

Few football fans would against the fact that George Best was among the greatest and most influential football players of all time. A rebellious one of a kind footballer who dazzled the Old Trafford in one of its most glorious eras. To the Red Devil's fans, he was the Prince of Old Trafford. A charismatic leader who became a legend at the club after guiding them to many domestic trophies.

George Best was considered as one of the most enigmatic personalities of the history of football. Best was a true rebel. Nothing about him was ordinary. He was one of the first footballers who became an international superstar. His blunt attitude and controversial personal life further added to his status. He was famous for his addiction on alcohol, drugs and women. He had to undergo a liver transplant two years before his death and his alcohol addiction eventually costed his life at the age of 59.

Best was an excellent dribbler and playmaker. He spent the best years of his career at Manchester United, where he scored almost 200 goals in 470 matches. He also had moderate success at United States, where he spent the last years of his career. He also had a memorable career with the English national team, but failed to win any titles with the Thee Lions. Best won many individual and collective awards during his career, the most important of those were two Football League First Division and the 1986 European Cup.

In 1984, George Best retired at after scoring a total of 251 goals in 705 games during his career. He is indeed one of the most legendary players in the history of football. In the following article we present you with a complete collection of the

greatest George Best quotes


A complete collection of the greatest George Best quotes

A complete collection of the greatest George Best quotes including his comments on football, his controversial life-style as well as his comments on the most famous football stars.

Greatest George Best quotes on Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

In every generation, young football fans argue endlessly about who is the best player of the history of football. In this generation the debate is mostly between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo fans. Best praised Cristiano Ronaldo many times during the Portuguese spell with Manchester United, but he passed away at the same year Messi broke into the scenes and did not have the chance to see the magic of the player who has been compared to him the most. The followings are the Greatest George Best quotes about Cristiano Ronaldo.

"There have been a few players described as the new George Best over the years, but this is the first time it's been a compliment to me."

"Cristiano Ronaldo's was the most exciting debut I've ever seen. There have been a few players described as 'The New George Best' over the years, but this is the first time it's been a compliment to me."

"Everyone went crazy over Wayne Rooney, but I get more excited by Cristiano Ronaldo."

Greatest George Best quotes on football

George Best was a great football player. Truly one of the best in the history of football. He was one of those players who demonstrate their creativity and character on the field with a level close to perfection. It is fair to say that he knew football by heart and instincts. The followings are the

greatest George Best quotes

on football.

"There isn't a single player I would pay to watch. A great entertainer needs to have charisma."

"When they first installed all-seater stadiums everyone predicted that the fans wouldn't stand for it."

"Football is big business - you can't get away from it. But you have to separate that side from the playing."

"The onus is on the managers to send out an attacking formation and to tell their players to be bold."

"There are good players, there are great players, and there are those few at the pinnacle - the Peles, Cruyffs and Maradonas."

"Players now have a groin injury for months and months, and I often think they don't really give a toss whether they're playing or not because they're getting paid anyway."

"Players today moan about the number of games, but when you're young, you can't play enough."

"At the start of the season, there are 16 teams in the top division looking behind them, making sure they avoid relegation. The fear starts in the boardroom, comes down to managers and through to players. The fans sense it."

"It all went wrong with football, the thing I loved most of all, and from there, my life slowly fell apart."

"From the FA to UEFA and FIFA, there's a naivety, a lack of knowledge and understanding and packed with people who are out of touch."

"Every team has a hard man. We has Nobby Stiles, Chelsea had Chopper, Arsenal had Peter Storey, and Liverpool had Tommy Smith. Leeds had eleven of them."

"Football is a sad game."

Most Legendary George Best quotes about his life-style

Best is a very self-expressive character. Fans loved him for his self-confidence and blunt comments about himself and others. He was famous for his lavish life-style which mostly included alcohol, drugs and women. He was famous for being a bit of playboy. He famously dated many miss worlds and constantly boasted about his many relationships with some of the world's most beautiful women.

Best had to undergo a liver transplant two years before his death and his alcohol addiction eventually costed his life at the age of 59. In this part we will have a look at the most

Legendary George

Best quotes

about his life-style and his addictions.

"If you'd given me the choice of going out and beating four men and smashing a goal in from thirty yards against Liverpool or going to bed with Miss World, it would have been a difficult choice. Luckily, I had both."

"I used to go missing a lot... Miss Canada, Miss United Kingdom, Miss World."

"They say I slept with seven Miss Worlds. I didn't. It was only four. I didn't turn up for the other three."

"In 1969 I gave up women and alcohol - it was the worst 20 minutes of my life."

I might go to Alcoholics Anonymous, but I think it would be difficult for me to remain anonymous"

"I never went out in the morning with the intention of getting drunk. It just happened."

"Well, there's no point in asking me. I can't remember what happened last night!"

"They told me I wouldn't make 25. Then it was 35, then 45. These were my doctors speaking - they're all dead now."

"Me and a mate picked up two darling birds and they took us back to their flat. I went into the bedroom with my bird and she started getting undressed. I was that drunk I was standing there wondering how to get undressed without letting go of the award. I went to sit on the bed, missed it by four feet and ended up lying on the floor. I remember the bird looking down at me, and saying, ‘Some player of the year.’ Then I fell asleep. I woke up still clutching my award and staggered out of the flat. I hadn’t a bloody clue where I was."

"I will respect this liver. After all, it's not mine."

"I must be the only person in the world who's looking forward to going into hospital. I can't wait to get it over and done with."

"Drink is the only opponent I have been unable to beat."

I've stopped drinking, but only while I'm asleep."

"I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."

"It is typical of me to be finishing a long and distinguished drinking career just as the government is planning to open pubs 24 hours a day."

"People always say I shouldn't be burning the candle at both ends. Maybe they haven't got a big enough candle."

"I'm OK. Much better than on other occasions. It's true that I've made lots of mistakes but I've never tried to bother anyone. I want to stay alive, preferably in peace, without seeing every one of my mistakes in the papers, and on many occasions, even stories that are lies".

"I've always been a bit of a gypsy."

"The people of Northern Ireland have sorted out my whole life."

"Maybe 'loner' is too strong a word, but I've always enjoyed being on my own."

Iconic George Best quotes about his career

George Best had one of the most prolific football careers in the history of the game and it is certainly interesting to know more about the

Iconic George Best quotes

about his career.

"I was born with a great gift, and sometimes with that comes a destructive streak. Just as I wanted to outdo everyone when I played, I had to outdo everyone when we were out on the town."

"I used to dream about taking the ball round the keeper, stopping it on the line and then getting on my hands and knees and heading it into the net. When I scored against Benfica in the 1968 European Cup final I nearly did it. I left the keeper for dead but then I chickened out. I might have given the boss a heart attack!"

"I found it difficult to watch myself playing on TV because I couldn't identify with the person on the screen. I couldn't get to grips with it. It was as if it was all happening to someone else."

"I took a penalty against Chelsea in 1971 and Peter Bonetti saved it. I wish I'd sent it the other way."

"I was born with a great gift, and sometimes with that comes a destructive streak. Just as I wanted to outdo everyone when I played, I had to outdo everyone when we were out on the town."

"They'll forget all the rubbish when I've gone and they'll remember the football. If only one person thinks I'm the best player in the world, that's good enough for me."

"That thing about being an icon, the fifth Beatle, I just found it so freaky."

"I always wanted more - more of everything."

"My one big regret is that I didn’t play on for 10 more years."

"Even at the height of my fame, 50 per cent of the people who saw me wanted a fight; it’s the downside of being a star player."

"I was probably the first footballer ever to have a pop-star profile, and my agent was right when he said we could put my name on stair rods and sell them to people in bungalows."

"I have always thought I was the best ever player."

"I can remember earning £5,000 a game playing for Hibs at the end of the Seventies. They let me commute from London, train on the Friday and play on Saturday. That lasted until my friends at the Inland Revenue decided to take two-thirds. That wasn't very entertaining for me."

"My long hair and the sideburns made me stand out, really, because my hairstyle was completely different to the other footballers of that era."

"In England, when an athlete gets to the top, we do our best to destroy him."

"I noticed that when I touched the ball on the field, you could hear this shrill noise in the crowd with all the birds screaming like at a Beatles concert."

"They'll forget all the rubbish when I've gone, and they'll remember the football. If only one person thinks I'm the best player in the world, that's good enough for me."

"I was 19 or 20 when The Beatles were at their peak, and I was coming up to the peak of my career, too. I was also the first footballer to have long hair, and that's how I got my nickname 'the Fifth Beatle."

"One reason I don't want to play in England again is because we don't have any personalities."

"It's a big compliment that so many people want to see me. For them, it's all about football. That's what they remember about me."

"As long as I stay in training and play well, I don't see what objection there can be to what I do off the field."

"I dressed more like a pop star, I suppose, rather than the traditional blazer and tall trousers other players went for."

"I'm lucky that, despite all the bad press I've had over the years, the public still seems to like me."

"I was the one who took football off the back pages and put it on to page one."

"We were the first generation to have to deal with the modern stardom of football. Some handled it better than others."

"There are so many memories for me in Manchester. Everywhere I go, I think, 'I used to have boutiques here, clubs there, restaurants in that area."

"I used to rush home to see 'Match Of The Day.' Whatever I was doing, I wouldn't miss it."

George best quotes on David beckham

During Best's last years of life, his beloved club, Manchester United had one of its best generations ever, the stars of which were the likes of David Beckham and Eric Best. While Best praised Best, he never seemed to like David Beckham. Below are the

famous George best quotes on David beckham


"Owen is great and Beckham is good. Owen is direct, fast and scores goals. Beckham has other qualities which make him good, but what makes a player different is the danger he poses to the opposing defense. That's where Owen is better than Beckham."

"David Beckham has never impressed me."

"He cannot kick with his left foot, he cannot head a ball, he cannot tackle and he doesn't score many goals. Apart from that he's all right."

George Best famous quotes on other famous football figures

The followings are

George Best famous quotes

about the football figures including his quotes on Eric Cantona, Kevin Keegan and Pele..

On Thierry Henry:

"I don't recognize myself in the players I see today. There's only one who excites me, and that is Thierry Henry. He's not just a great footballer, he's a showman, an entertainer."

On Kevin Keegan:

"He's been very, very lucky, an average player who came into the game when it was short of personalities"

"He's not fit to lace my boots as a player."

"To call Keegan a superstar is stretching a point."

On Paul Gascoigne

"I once said Gazza's IQ was less than his shirt number and he asked me: 'What's an IQ?'

"I think he's a very talented player, but he's not in the same class as me."

"They say Paul Gascoigne is the new George Best but has he shagged three Miss Worlds?"

On Dave Mackay

"Dave Mackay is my definition of a superstar. The man broke his leg three times, but wouldn't be carried off. He walked off."

On Bobby Charlton

"He did have my son at one of his Schools of Excellence once.... and he came back bald."

On Fabien Barthez

"I rate Fabien Barthez and played with two great keepers in Alex Stepney and Harry Gregg."

On Eric Cantona

"I'd give all the Champagne I've ever drunk to be playing alongside him in a big European match at Old Trafford."

On Ryan Giggs

"One day they might even say that I was another Ryan Giggs."

On Pele

"If I'd been born ugly, you'd never have heard of Pele."

"Pele called me the greatest footballer in the world. That is the ultimate salute to my life."

Most memorable George Best quotes on Life and Death

We wrap up our article on the most

memorable George Best quotes

on the philosophy of Life and death.

"Pain is temporary, glory...lasts forever!"

"If you make up your own mind, you can only blame yourself."

"Love is about mutual respect, apart from attraction."

"I want to be remembered for my football and the pleasure I gave people."

"I definitely don't think that money can buy you love. It can buy you affection but certainly not love."

"You can't trust very many people."

"I was ill, and everyone could see it but me."

"The best thing about being a dad? Well, I think it's just the thing that every man wants - to have a son and heir."

"People say you have to hit rock bottom, and, I can tell you, almost dying is as rock bottom as it gets."

"I was in for 10 hours and had 40 pints - beating my previous record by 20 minutes"

"I'd have to be superman to do some of the things I'm supposed to have done, I've been at six different places at six different times."

"When I look back on my life as a whole, it is impossible for me not to feel blessed."

"I don't have any regrets. I made all my own decisions."

"Don't die like I did."

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