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George Best has sadly passed away at the age of 59 having lost his battle with illnesses linked to alcoholism.

The Northern Ireland winger, one of the best and most charismatic footballers ever to play the game, died at hospital in Chelsea, where he had been receiving treatment since October. Although he was most well known for his time at Manchester United, where he made 466 appearances, and was part of the side that won the European Cup in 1968, the mercurial winger spent a season at Craven Cottage.

Best famously tackled team-mate Rodney Marsh during a Second Division fixture and played alongside England World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore. He scored eight times in 42 league appearances for Fulham before returning to America to rejoin the Los Angeles Aztecs in the North American Soccer League having been infuriated by a harsh sending off at Southampton.

We want to send our best wishes and warmest sympathy to George Best’s family and friends and all those who watched him play.