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How our revelation spread around the world

By Claire McNeilly

It was the one puzzle that flummoxed even aficionados of the great George Best.

On Wednesday, the Belfast Telegraph obtained a copy of Best's birth certificate and revealed that the Manchester United legend was initially named Ronald Samuel.

The official document shows both Christian names were registered on May 27, five days after his birth on May 22, 1946.

Indeed, it was only following a June 6 amendment that the man who would become one of the world's most feted footballers officially became known as George.

Since the publication of our story, the news about the Old Trafford icon has spread far and wide.

The Daily Mail Online noted: "According to the Belfast Telegraph, the name Ronald Samuel was registered five days after his birth before being changed to George."

Sports broadcaster Eurosport UK said: "The Belfast Telegraph tracked down the Northern Irishman's birth certificate, which very surprisingly shows Best was first named Ronald Samuel following his birth on May 22, 1946."

Meanwhile, the International Business Times said: "The Belfast Telegraph unearthed the document and discovered that the legend was registered as Ronald Samuel Best shortly after his birth."

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