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13 of the best quotes on George Best: ‘It was paradise watching him play’

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Despite a short career at the highest level, Manchester United legend George Best is considered one of the most talented footballers of all time.

The winger won two league titles and the European Cup in Old Trafford before leaving United at the age of 27.

Here is a selection of the best quotes from United's former number seven.

Sir Bobby Charlton

“At the time when he was on the team for the first time, nobody had seen anything like that: someone who was so small and tough, who went into duels, but also had the ability to turn people upside down and close everyone beat he liked.

"George was as good as anyone else you'll see. He used to embarrass players time and time again. It was a paradise to watch George play soccer. "

Sir Matt Busby

"He could use any foot – sometimes he seemed to have six."

Diego Maradona

“George inspired me when I was young. He was extravagant and exciting and could inspire his teammates. I actually think we were very similar – dribblers who could create moments of magic. "

Ballon d & # 39; Or winner 🏆
International superstar 🌟
Old Trafford legend 7️⃣

George Best was magic! ✨

The icon of Northern Ireland and Manchester United was born 74 years ago today … pic.twitter.com/PmBgh8qGXD

– 🇩🇪Yes! See the Bundesliga live on BT Sport🇩🇪 (@btsportfootball) on May 22, 2020

Pele

"The big football critics said that because of his technical skills, he didn't look like a European athlete, but like a Brazilian athlete who danced the samba with the ball at his feet.

"George Best is an incomparable footballer to this day and his technical skills will never be forgotten."

Johan Cruyff

"What he had was unique, you can't train it."

Gordon Banks

"George was one of the most talented and talented players I've ever been able to play against throughout my football career."

A legendary moment in a legendary career ❤️ # OnThisDay 50 years ago, George Best bagged six against Northampton… # GoalOfTheDay #MUFC pic.twitter.com/ag5ia9imyF

– Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 7, 2020

Harry Redknapp

"George was the best footballer I have ever seen. He was just a special talent. I have never seen anyone with the ability to beat, dribble, an amazing footballer.

“George Best was just the best. The biggest. He knew that players went on the field to hurt him. They couldn't get anywhere near him. "

Pat Jennings

“He was the best player I've ever played with. I appreciate my memories of him, although he occasionally made me look pretty stupid. "

Franz Beckenbauer

"George Best was one of the most talented players of all time and probably the best footballer who never made it to a big world final."

One of the greatest talents of the beautiful game ❤️💚

Memory of George Best, who was born 74 years ago today #OnThisDay | @ManUtd | @NorthernIreland pic.twitter.com/kr8UgXoLYo

– FIFA.com (@FIFAcom), May 22, 2020

Sir Alex Ferguson

"George was unique, the greatest talent our football has ever produced – quite simply."

Joe Mercer

"It seems impossible to hurt him. All types of men have tried to intimidate him. The best thing to do is simply glide along, ride tackles and push giants aside like leaves. "

Eusebio

"Fast and intelligent. There are no players like him now and never will be. He had fantastic skills and imagination, was quick and also a great dribbler. "

Jimmy Greaves

“George was the ultimate showman. His stance was: "Why beat a defender if you can torture him and keep your public entertained?"

“You described him as a winger or an attacking midfielder, but he had a free role and the freest mood.

"He was the first real modern footballer – every mediocre millionaire in modern game should get on his knees and say thank you."

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