12/09/2013 16:10, Report by James Tuck
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Best: What they said

not get his share of gift goals that come to specialist strikers. George nearly always had to beat men to score.”
Sir Alex Ferguson

“George inspired me when I was young.  He was flamboyant and exciting – I think we were very similar players – dribblers who create moments of magic.”
Diego Maradona

“George Best was the best player in the world, not just England, and a good friend of mine. When he played against Benfica in 1966 in Lisbon… we lost 5-1 and George was spectacular, a genius.”

“What he had was unique. You can’t coach it… it was a short career but if you go back to the basic qualities, he was exceptional.”
Johan Cruyff

“George Best was simply one of the most talented players of all-time.”
Franz Beckenbauer

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