“I think I’ve found you a genius.” – The telegram sent to Manchester United by talent scout Bob Bishop, who discovered a 15-year-old Best playing for Cregagh Boys’ Club.
“I’d give all the champagne I’ve ever drunk to be playing alongside him in a big European match at Old Trafford.” – Fellow United legend Eric Cantona on Best.
“The closest I got to him was when we shook hands at the end of the game.” Northampton player Roy Fairfax, who had been marking Best when he scored six goals in an 8-2 FA Cup win for Man Utd in 1970.
“George Best was the greatest player in the world.” Pele, considered by many as the world’s greatest, admired Best.
“With feet as sensitive as a pickpocket’s hands, his control of the ball under the most violent pressure was hypnotic. The bewildering repertoire of feints and swerves… and balance that would have made Isaac Newton decide he might as well have eaten the apple.” Hugh McIlvanney, sportswriter, Observer.
“He was a fantastic player. Everybody at United regarded George as being one of the greatest of all time.” Sir Alex Ferguson.
“He’s not George Best, but then again, no-one is.” Commentator Clive Tyldesley.