George Best (born May 22, 1946) was a Northern Irish footballer, born in Belfast. He is best known for playing for Manchester United F.C. between 1963 and 1973, where he wore the famous number 7 shirt. He made 361 appearances for the club, and was a top goalscorer, scoring 137 goals. He was capped 37 times for Northern Ireland, scoring 9 goals. Best is widely considered, at least in the U.K., to be one of the most skilful players ever to have played the game. His talent would almost certainly have been recognised more on the world stage had his national team not been a relative "minnow".
In his whole career, he played for 9 clubs - Manchester United F.C., Stockport County F.C. (a short loan spell), Los Angeles Aztecs, Cork Celtic, Fulham F.C., Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Hibernian F.C., San Jose Earthquakes and A.F.C. Bournemouth.
Today he features in the media as a result of his struggle with alcoholism - he has had many relapses. In 2000 he had a liver transplant. In 2003 he was the focus of much criticism when, despite his transplant, he openly drank white wine spritzers and was accused of being selfish and having no regard for other people's feelings.
On 3 January 2004 George Best was convicted of a drink driving offence and banned from driving for 20 months.