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The Maestro at Work,
This review is from: Manchester United - George Best Story [DVD] (DVD)
I'm old enough, and lucky enough, to have watched George Best play. I agree with Pele when he said that George Best was the greatest footballer who ever lived. Pele himself, Maradona, Cruyff, yes, they were all great footballers but I don't think any of them had the genius that Best was blessed with. He played in an age when great footballers were kicked to kingdom come, but he didn't roll about on the floor waiting for someone to run on with an Oscar or a bunch of flowers. He got up, dusted himself down, and went about the business of making the thugs look positively ordinary players. The term "this man could change a match" is bandied about with monotonous regularity, but it was surely first quoted when referring to George Best.
This DVD was made before Best died, and it brings a tear to the eye to see him being interviewed. George was a flawed genius, but a genius nonetheless. It's easy to overlook his shortcomings. I'm sure he didn't actively set out to become an alcoholic. This dreadful disease has claimed far stronger personalites than that of the "Belfast Boy". This DVD concentrates in the main on his footballing skills.
If you're a Best fan you will probably have seen most of the goals he scored in this DVD before, but you'll never tire of seeing them. If you know little or nothing about the man, then sit back and prepare to be mesmerised.
Sadly, I suspect we'll never see his like again. Savour this delight. It brings back memories of, quite simply, the most naturally gifted footballer ever to walk the earth.