George Best

Since the introduction of football, the development of football in Northern Ireland has undergoing ebb and flow at international level. There are many first-tier footballers who have played and made great contributions to the Northern Ireland football team. George Best is just one of them.

He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on May 22, 1946. At the beginning of his playing career, he played for Manchester United and the Northern Ireland national football team as a winger. In 1968, he was selected as the European Footballer of the Year and FWA Footballer after the winning of European Cup. He was widely regarded as the greatest footballer who pull on green Northern Ireland football shirt.

He began popular among football fans from his first appearance aged 17. As a lead goal-scorer of the league, he won 179 goals at 470 matches. As a versatile footballer, he combined his playing style, pace, skill, balance, feint and scoring ability together to defeat opposite teams. For his outstanding performance and brilliant achievements on football fields, he was awarded a name – El Beatle.