George Best training in Salford in 1969 - at the time, the Northern Irishman had the football world at his feet, helping inspire Manchester United to European Cup glory with a glorious Wembley win over Benfica a year earlier. But three years after this picture was taken, Best effectively retired from the game at the age of 26

George Best training in Salford in 1969 - at the time, the Northern Irishman had the football world at his feet, helping inspire Manchester United to European Cup glory with a glorious Wembley win over Benfica a year earlier. But three years after this picture was taken, Best effectively retired from the game at the age of 26

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Going to the Match, wonderfully evocative painting by LS Lowry, love the goal end terrace. #football #soccer

Going to the Match, wonderfully evocative painting by LS Lowry, love the goal end terrace. #football #soccer

George Best of Manchester United reeives the 13th Ballon d’Or in 1968. From left to right: Franc Football Editor-in-Chief Max Urbini, Bobby Charlton, George Best, Sir Matt Busby, Denis Law.

George Best of Manchester United reeives the 13th Ballon d’Or in 1968. From left to right: Franc Football Editor-in-Chief Max Urbini, Bobby Charlton, George Best, Sir Matt Busby, Denis Law.

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