What a fantastic player. I was never fortunate enough to have seen him play live but I have seen the highlights again and again. It can’t be denied that George Best was incredible.

And yet his life tells us so much about the human condition and its inherent fragility.

Best was once quoted as saying: “Pelé called me the greatest footballer in the world. That is the ultimate salute to my life. ”

But there was more to George’s life than footballing greatness. His tale is ultimately a tragedy and a warning against the dangers of addiction. Let’s try to learn from George’s life and at the same time celebrate this great sporting icon.