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Last Updated: Friday, 25 November 2005, 13:24 GMT
George Best's career in photos

Striker Best in action for United against Arsenal at Highbury in 1964

George Best made his debut for Man Utd as a 17-year-old in 1963 and would go on to become football's first superstar

Pat Crerand, Best (centre), manager Busby (right) after the 4-1 win over Benfica

Within five years, Best was on target to help Man Utd to European Cup glory against Benfica at Wembley in 1968

Best holds the Footballer of the Year trophy after it had been presented to him at the Cafe Royal, Regent Street, London.

At 21, Best became the youngest winner of the Football Writers' Association's Footballer of the Year award

The match ball from Man Utd's 8-2 win over Northampton Town in the 1969-70 season

The ball from Man Utd's 8-2 win over Northampton on 7 February, 1970 - Best scored a club record six goals

Best opened a nightclub and a number of fashion boutiques as his attentions wandered away from football

Best's dishevelled good looks and rock'n'roll lifestyle led to him being branded 'The Fifth Beatle'

George Best won 37 international caps for Northern Ireland

Belfast-born Best won 37 caps for Northern Ireland, including this match against England in May 1971

George Best battled to control drink problems throughout his footballing career

In 1976 Best moved closer to the fashion-conscious King's Road, playing for Fulham for a record 500 per game

Best turned out for LA Aztecs before retiring completely at the end of 1983

Best graced the North American Soccer League, playing for the LA Aztecs (above), Fort Lauderdale and San Jose

George Best, Sir Bobby Charlton and Denis Law pick up their awards at Old Trafford

Best, Sir Bobby Charlton (centre) and Denis Law received lifetime achievement awards in August 2000

George Best with fellow broadcasters Alan Mullery (L),  Rodney Marsh (R), and Tony Cottee (2nd right)

In recent years Best worked as a pundit for Sky Sports, using his football knowledge to analyse the Saturday match action

George Best, Manchester United

Best's fast-paced lifestyle eventually took its toll and ultimately cost the game one of its finest exponents





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