George Best (1946-2005) – Professional Football Player
George Best was a Northern Irish professional footballer (soccer) who played as winger for Manchester United and the Northern Ireland national team. In 1968, he won the European Cup with United, and was named the European Footballer of the Year, and FWA Footballer of the Year. He also is described by the national team’s governing body, the Irish Football Association, as the “greatest player to ever put on the green shirt of Northern Ireland.” With his talent and charisma, Best became one of the first celebrity footballers.
But, unfortunately, Best’s career was ruined by drink and overspending on “booze, birds, and fast cars.” When he died at age 59, his £525,000 estate was completely erased by debt. Best’s brother-in-law, Norman McNarry, had to also sell some memorabilia of George Best, which included his Football Writers Association trophy, 1968 European Cup winner’s medal, and his 1994 Legend in Sport trophy.
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