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Football legend George Best pictured in January 1964

Football legend George Best pictured in January 1964

Books:GEORGE BEST: The Legend - In Pictures, Ivan Martin, Appletree Press

Books:GEORGE BEST: The Legend - In Pictures, Ivan Martin, Appletree Press

George Best and his dad, Dickie

George Best and his dad, Dickie

George Best advertising Cookstown Sausages

George Best advertising Cookstown Sausages

Manchester United footballer George Best with manager  Tommy Docherty.

Manchester United footballer George Best with manager Tommy Docherty.

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George Best  with Gerald Black

George Best with Gerald Black

George Best leading the teams out with mascot

George Best leading the teams out with mascot

George Best relaxes with a cup of coffee as he waits for the action in Bulgaria to begin

George Best relaxes with a cup of coffee as he waits for the action in Bulgaria to begin

John Chaffetz, an official of the Los Angeles Aztecs, points the way for soccer star George Best. Best was attending a press conference after joing the Aztecs in 1976

John Chaffetz, an official of the Los Angeles Aztecs, points the way for soccer star George Best. Best was attending a press conference after joing the Aztecs in 1976

George Best in action

George Best in action

George Best

George Best

George Best with the Portadown football team and mascot before they played Glenavon in 1981

George Best with the Portadown football team and mascot before they played Glenavon in 1981

Football legend George Best pictured in January 1964

Football legend George Best pictured in January 1964

George Best: Manchester United and Northern Ireland Legend

George Best: Manchester United and Northern Ireland Legend

Memories: George Best trudges off the pitch after being sent off against Scotland

Memories: George Best trudges off the pitch after being sent off against Scotland

George Best larks around in his kitchen with Angie in 1976

George Best larks around in his kitchen with Angie in 1976

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George Best footballer in Manchester United kit

George Best footballer in Manchester United kit

Alex with George Best in 1995

Alex with George Best in 1995

The birth certificate

The birth certificate

George Best has a drink in a Belfast bar

George Best has a drink in a Belfast bar

GEORGE BEST:FOOTLALL/NORTHERN IRELAND AND MANCHESTER UNITED LEGEND.

GEORGE BEST:FOOTLALL/NORTHERN IRELAND AND MANCHESTER UNITED LEGEND.

Belfast boy: George Best is the most heralded Northern Ireland sports star... but Rory McIlroy can close in

Belfast boy: George Best is the most heralded Northern Ireland sports star... but Rory McIlroy can close in

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George Best is regarded by everyone as one of the greatest footballers of all time, and by many, including Brazilian icon Pele, as THE best of the lot.
The Belfast boy, who lived a rock and roll life, had staggering skill and balance, which he used to score for Man United in their 1968 European Cup final victory, one of 179 goals for the club. A breathtaking talent.

George Best is regarded by everyone as one of the greatest footballers of all time, and by many, including Brazilian icon Pele, as THE best of the lot. The Belfast boy, who lived a rock and roll life, had staggering skill and balance, which he used to score for Man United in their 1968 European Cup final victory, one of 179 goals for the club. A breathtaking talent.

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George Best in a Glentoran shirt with another ex Northern Ireland international Norman Whiteside - and a young Stephen Chick

George Best in a Glentoran shirt with another ex Northern Ireland international Norman Whiteside - and a young Stephen Chick

George Best, during the Northern Ireland v England match in October 1966

George Best, during the Northern Ireland v England match in October 1966

Manchester United legend George Best

Manchester United legend George Best

George Best. Football. Manchester United and Northern Ireland.
Ireland v England Oct. 1966.
Best and Parke outwitted by a headless Charlton as Englend mount an attack.

George Best. Football. Manchester United and Northern Ireland. Ireland v England Oct. 1966. Best and Parke outwitted by a headless Charlton as Englend mount an attack.

HEALTH Best 11...Library filer dated 08/03/1969 of legendary footballer George Best who is "coming to the end of the long road of his ill-health", his doctor Professor Roger Williams said Thursday November 24, 2005. See PA story HEALTH Best. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Photo Credit should read: PA...A

HEALTH Best 11...Library filer dated 08/03/1969 of legendary footballer George Best who is "coming to the end of the long road of his ill-health", his doctor Professor Roger Williams said Thursday November 24, 2005. See PA story HEALTH Best. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Photo Credit should read: PA...A

Benfica's Goalkeeper Jose Henrique (left) races back to his goal in a vain attempt to stop George Best (right) of Manchester United from scoring his team's second goal in the the European Cup final at Wembley, 29th May 1968. United eventually won 4-3 after extra time.

Benfica's Goalkeeper Jose Henrique (left) races back to his goal in a vain attempt to stop George Best (right) of Manchester United from scoring his team's second goal in the the European Cup final at Wembley, 29th May 1968. United eventually won 4-3 after extra time.

George Best pictured with Pat Jennings

George Best pictured with Pat Jennings

Football legend George Best pictured at Windsor Park

Football legend George Best pictured at Windsor Park

Best man: George Best (c) shows off the 1968 European Footballer of the Year award, which journalist Max Urbini (l) presented to him before the match, as team-mates Bobby Charlton (second l, 1966 winner) and Denis Law (r, 1964 winner), and manager Matt Busby (second r) look on

Best man: George Best (c) shows off the 1968 European Footballer of the Year award, which journalist Max Urbini (l) presented to him before the match, as team-mates Bobby Charlton (second l, 1966 winner) and Denis Law (r, 1964 winner), and manager Matt Busby (second r) look on

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Simply the Best: George Best shows off some of his wide range of skills during his time at Manchester United, where he became a worldwide star

Simply the Best: George Best shows off some of his wide range of skills during his time at Manchester United, where he became a worldwide star

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George Best playing at the stadium

George Best playing at the stadium

George Best in training for Manchester United

George Best in training for Manchester United

Football legend George Best

Football legend George Best

George shakes hands with the Glenavon captain Alan Frazer and referee Malcolm Moffatt

George shakes hands with the Glenavon captain Alan Frazer and referee Malcolm Moffatt

George Best's wife Angie hands out balls during the game

George Best's wife Angie hands out balls during the game

Angie Best with the referees

Angie Best with the referees

Excited young fans mob George at the game

Excited young fans mob George at the game

Angie is greeted by fans

Angie is greeted by fans

The Bests having fun on the pitch during the game

The Bests having fun on the pitch during the game

On the ball: George’s wife Angie on the pitch

On the ball: George’s wife Angie on the pitch

Fond memories: mascot Stuart McKinley aged six

Fond memories: mascot Stuart McKinley aged six

Style icon George Best outside his Manchester Boutique in the 1970s

Style icon George Best outside his Manchester Boutique in the 1970s

George Best in action for Manchester United

George Best in action for Manchester United

George Best puts pressure on Gordon Banks as he prepares to clear the ball from the England penalty area in the 1971 international at Windsor Park.

George Best puts pressure on Gordon Banks as he prepares to clear the ball from the England penalty area in the 1971 international at Windsor Park.

George Best with Lawrie Sanchez

George Best with Lawrie Sanchez

George Best

George Best

George Best and his mother Annie

George Best and his mother Annie

Molly meets soccer star George Best

Molly meets soccer star George Best

Football legend George Best, pictured with Pat Jennings (left) and Billy Bingham (right).

Football legend George Best, pictured with Pat Jennings (left) and Billy Bingham (right).

Lining up: George Best joins the rest of the Tobermore United squad for a team photo before the Irish Cup tie against Ballymena United in 1984

Lining up: George Best joins the rest of the Tobermore United squad for a team photo before the Irish Cup tie against Ballymena United in 1984

The late George Best with then wife Alex Best is pictured with family and friends outside his boyhood Burren Way home after he received Castlereagh's Freedom of the Borough

The late George Best with then wife Alex Best is pictured with family and friends outside his boyhood Burren Way home after he received Castlereagh's Freedom of the Borough

Close friends George Best and Mike Summerbee at 1966 World Cup Final

Close friends George Best and Mike Summerbee at 1966 World Cup Final

George Best in April 2002 at the house in Burren Way, where he unveiled a plaque after being awarded the freedom of Castlereagh

George Best in April 2002 at the house in Burren Way, where he unveiled a plaque after being awarded the freedom of Castlereagh

George Best with son Calum

George Best with son Calum

George Best with his former wife Angie and son Calum

George Best with his former wife Angie and son Calum

George Best with his former wife Angie and son Calum

George Best with his former wife Angie and son Calum

George Best and Calum Best

George Best and Calum Best

Football legend George Best pictured in 1990

Football legend George Best pictured in 1990

Football legend George Best with his wife Angie, brother Ian, father Dickie and baby son Calum

Football legend George Best with his wife Angie, brother Ian, father Dickie and baby son Calum

George Best with his sister Barbara McNarry

George Best with his sister Barbara McNarry

George Best at home in Belfast with his father Dicki

George Best at home in Belfast with his father Dicki

George Best, ex-Manchester United footballer, smiling with bruised eye

George Best, ex-Manchester United footballer, smiling with bruised eye

H&H auctioneer James Wheeler polishes up the Jaguar once owned by George Best

H&H auctioneer James Wheeler polishes up the Jaguar once owned by George Best

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George Best

George Best

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Manchester United and Northern Ireland football legend George Best

Manchester United and Northern Ireland football legend George Best

A bus stop on the Cregagh Road on the morning of George Best's funeral.

A bus stop on the Cregagh Road on the morning of George Best's funeral.

Flags at George Best funeral at Stormont. Saturday 3rd December 2005

Flags at George Best funeral at Stormont. Saturday 3rd December 2005

The garden of the Best family home in Burren Way, Cregagh, on the day of George's funeral.

The garden of the Best family home in Burren Way, Cregagh, on the day of George's funeral.

The George Best funeral cortege on the Ballygowan Road.

The George Best funeral cortege on the Ballygowan Road.

New stamp depicting George Best

New stamp depicting George Best

Calum Best in the funeral cortege.

Calum Best in the funeral cortege.

Calum Best shakes hands with well-wishers as George Best's funeral cortege leaves the Best family home

Calum Best shakes hands with well-wishers as George Best's funeral cortege leaves the Best family home

The George Best funeral cortege on the Ballygowan Road.

The George Best funeral cortege on the Ballygowan Road.

Calum and Dickie Best at George Best's funeral

Calum and Dickie Best at George Best's funeral

The crowd on the Cregagh Road waiting for George Best's funeral cortege.

The crowd on the Cregagh Road waiting for George Best's funeral cortege.

Crowds gather at Stormont for the funeral of George Best

Crowds gather at Stormont for the funeral of George Best

A view from the balcony of Parliament Buildings in Stormont

A view from the balcony of Parliament Buildings in Stormont

Crowds gather at Stormont for the funeral of George Best

Crowds gather at Stormont for the funeral of George Best

George Best's coffin is carried up the steps to the Stormont buildings

George Best's coffin is carried up the steps to the Stormont buildings

George Best's coffin is draped with the Northern Ireland flag

George Best's coffin is draped with the Northern Ireland flag

George Best's agent Phil Hughes (centre) with Eamonn Holmes next to George Best's coffin in the Parliament buildings in Stormont, Belfast, Saturday December 3, 2005. The world of football was today paying its last respects as George Best, one of the greatest ever players, was laid to rest. Best, 59, died last Friday in London's Cromwell Hospital.

George Best's agent Phil Hughes (centre) with Eamonn Holmes next to George Best's coffin in the Parliament buildings in Stormont, Belfast, Saturday December 3, 2005. The world of football was today paying its last respects as George Best, one of the greatest ever players, was laid to rest. Best, 59, died last Friday in London's Cromwell Hospital.

The Best family at the George Best funeral at Stormont

The Best family at the George Best funeral at Stormont

Billy Bingham at George Best's funeral

Billy Bingham at George Best's funeral

Robert Dunlop at George Best's funeral

Robert Dunlop at George Best's funeral

Dickie and Calum Best at the funeral of George Best funeral at Stormont.

Dickie and Calum Best at the funeral of George Best funeral at Stormont.

Terry Neill at George Best's funeral

Terry Neill at George Best's funeral

Paddy Kielty and Gerry Armstrong at George Best's funeral

Paddy Kielty and Gerry Armstrong at George Best's funeral

Frank McLintock at George Best's funeral

Frank McLintock at George Best's funeral

Mike England at George Best's funeral

Mike England at George Best's funeral

Derek Dougan at George Best's funeral

Derek Dougan at George Best's funeral

Milan Manderic at George Best's funeral

Milan Manderic at George Best's funeral

Pat Jennings at George Best's funeral

Pat Jennings at George Best's funeral

Phil Taylor, George Best's agent and Jackie Fullerton at George Best's funeral

Phil Taylor, George Best's agent and Jackie Fullerton at George Best's funeral

Alex Higgans at George Best's funeral

Alex Higgans at George Best's funeral

Bobby Jameson at George Best's funeral

Bobby Jameson at George Best's funeral

Barry McGuigan and his wife at George Best's funeral

Barry McGuigan and his wife at George Best's funeral

Rodney Marsh at George Best's funeral

Rodney Marsh at George Best's funeral

Dennis Law (centre) at George Best's funeral

Dennis Law (centre) at George Best's funeral

Martin O'Neill at George Best's funeral

Martin O'Neill at George Best's funeral

Callum Best and mum Angie at George Best's funeral

Callum Best and mum Angie at George Best's funeral

George Best's grave

George Best's grave

George Best Belfast City Airport handled more than 2.5 million passengers last year

George Best Belfast City Airport handled more than 2.5 million passengers last year

A mural of George Best and David Healy on the wall of the Times Bar, York Road. Brian Little/ Presseye

A mural of George Best and David Healy on the wall of the Times Bar, York Road. Brian Little/ Presseye

The Best family plot at Roselawn on the day before George's funeral.

The Best family plot at Roselawn on the day before George's funeral.

Some of the Best memorabilia up for grabs at Wilsons Auction house today. Pictured a silver Benfica letter opener, dated 1966, given to George which marks Man Utd's 5-1 European Cup defeat of Benfica in Lisbon. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years

Some of the Best memorabilia up for grabs at Wilsons Auction house today. Pictured a silver Benfica letter opener, dated 1966, given to George which marks Man Utd's 5-1 European Cup defeat of Benfica in Lisbon. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years

Best Fan - 7 year old Luke McMullan from Dungannon holding a replica European Champions Manchester United Trophy presented to Dickie Best when George Best died. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.

Best Fan - 7 year old Luke McMullan from Dungannon holding a replica European Champions Manchester United Trophy presented to Dickie Best when George Best died. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.

Some of the Best memorabilia up for grabs at Wilsons Auction house today. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.

Some of the Best memorabilia up for grabs at Wilsons Auction house today. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.

Some of the Best memorabilia up for grabs at Wilsons Auction house today. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.

Some of the Best memorabilia up for grabs at Wilsons Auction house today. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.

Best Fans - Mark McIlwaine (13, left) and David McCracken (13), both from Lurgan Junior High admiring some of the Best memorabilia up for grabs at Wilsons Auction house today. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.

Best Fans - Mark McIlwaine (13, left) and David McCracken (13), both from Lurgan Junior High admiring some of the Best memorabilia up for grabs at Wilsons Auction house today. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.

Best Fan - 7 year old Luke McMullan from Dungannon (dressed in his school rugby kit) holding a cast from George Best's original match worn boots, pictured amongst Best memorabilia at Wilsons Auction house today. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.

Best Fan - 7 year old Luke McMullan from Dungannon (dressed in his school rugby kit) holding a cast from George Best's original match worn boots, pictured amongst Best memorabilia at Wilsons Auction house today. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.

Items on sale of the Dickie Best collection which will go on public auction on the 19th march at the Wilsons premises in Mallusk with 110 lots of George Best memorabillia available which was collected by Dickie over a 40 year period.

Items on sale of the Dickie Best collection which will go on public auction on the 19th march at the Wilsons premises in Mallusk with 110 lots of George Best memorabillia available which was collected by Dickie over a 40 year period.

Family Portrait (left to right): Carol Best - Lisa Hogg; Julie Best (Twin) - Catherine Quinn; Ann Best - Michelle Fairley; George Best - Tom Payne; Dickie Best - Lorcan Cranitch; Grace Best (Twin) - Amy Quinn; Barbara Best - Laura Donnelly

Family Portrait (left to right): Carol Best - Lisa Hogg; Julie Best (Twin) - Catherine Quinn; Ann Best - Michelle Fairley; George Best - Tom Payne; Dickie Best - Lorcan Cranitch; Grace Best (Twin) - Amy Quinn; Barbara Best - Laura Donnelly

George Best played by Tom Payne

George Best played by Tom Payne

Ann Best played by Michelle Fairley

Ann Best played by Michelle Fairley

George Best played by Tom Payne

George Best played by Tom Payne

Ann Best played by Michelle Fairley

Ann Best played by Michelle Fairley

Ann Best played by Michelle Fairley

Ann Best played by Michelle Fairley

George Best played by Tom Payne

George Best played by Tom Payne

George Best played by Tom Payne

George Best played by Tom Payne

Richard (Dickie) Best with a picture of his son, footballer George Best pictured at his home in Belfast. October 2005

Richard (Dickie) Best with a picture of his son, footballer George Best pictured at his home in Belfast. October 2005

Visiting George Best’s grave yesterday were Michelle McBride with Lyn Smyth

Visiting George Best’s grave yesterday were Michelle McBride with Lyn Smyth

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Visiting George Best’s grave yesterday was Ivan Little

Visiting George Best’s grave yesterday was Ivan Little

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Fans of the late football superstar regularly visit the grave to leave mementoes

Fans of the late football superstar regularly visit the grave to leave mementoes

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Fans of the late football superstar regularly visit the grave to leave mementoes

Fans of the late football superstar regularly visit the grave to leave mementoes

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Football legend George Best pictured in January 1964

Calum Best, the son of Belfast football legend George, has paid tribute to his late father on what would have been his 71st birthday.

The reality star took to Twitter to post a photo of himself with his Dad, who passed away eleven years ago, at the age of 59.

Calum Best wrote: "Happy bday dad , love and miss u . More than ever (now) I know ur looking down taking care of me and I'm doing u proud x RIP bestie."

Friends and fans responded to the tweet by sharing their own pictures of Calum with his father.

Belfast Telegraph