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

George Best - Such was Best's talent and charisma that he became one of the first celebrity footballers, but his subsequent extravagant lifestyle led to various problems, most notably alcoholism, which he suffered from for the rest of his adult life. These problems affected him on and off the field throughout his career, at times causing controversy. He often said of his career that "I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars - the rest I just squandered"

George Best seen here outside his Manchester home leaning against his new car, a Lotus Europa in October 1969

"I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars - the rest I just squandered" Wasteful? To an extent. Self-destructive? Massively. Violent? Occasionally. But to call the life of George Best tragic is wide of the mark.... “If I’d been born ugly, you’d never have heard of Pelé.” :)

1972: George Best Pro footballer. His love affairs, numerous girlfriends and battle with alcoholism was common in newspapers and TV shows in the 1970s.

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