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The last words of George Best

The last words of George Best

George Best (1946 - 2005) was the finest footballer of his generation and, according to Pelé, 'the greatest footballer in the world'. His natural skill was apparent from his youth and he was spotted as a teenager by a Manchester United talent scout and was moved from downtown Belfast to England to play for the team.

His womanising and drinking were as renowned as his football talent - the latter of these preoccupations was the cause of his death .

His final message to the world was:

Don't die like I did.

Background to George Best's final words

Best's final words are often reported as being 'I have no regrets' or similar. He said this in an interview towards the end of his life. Best was well-known as portraying his life as an enjoyable party, rather than as the 'genius brought down by drink' storyline that the newspapers preferred. He made many quips along these lines, notably "I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered".

The last words of George BestEvidently, even George came to see the tragedy of his early demise from liver failure. At the end of his life he recanted somewhat on the "No regrets" line and, at his request, the News of the World printed a picture of him in hospital on his deathbed, with the message "Don't die like me".