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  Monday, 2 December, 2002, 12:47 GMT
George Best's career highlights

Best made his debut for Manchester United in 1963
Best made his debut for Manchester United in 1963 and starred as United won the league in 1965 and 1967

Manchester United legends Paddy Crerand, Matt Busby and George Best after Manchester United beat Benfica 4-1
United won the European Cup in 1968 as Best (right) took the European Player of the Year accolade

Best never played in a World Cup with Northern Ireland
In 1964 Best made his debut for Northern Ireland but never represented his country in a major tournament

Best left Old Trafford in 1972
Best shocked the football world when he walked out of Old Trafford and British football at the age of 27

Best joined Fulham in 1976 but did not stay long
Best returned to England from America in 1976 to join Fulham but did not stay at Craven Cottage for long

Best enjoyed two spells in American soccer but played his last competive match for Bournemouth in 1983
Best played for a host of clubs in the US alongside legends such as Pele before retiring in 1983

Best is given the freedom of the Borough of Castlereagh in Belfast
Best was given the freedom of Castlereagh in Belfast before a successful life-saving liver transplant in 2002

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