14. George Best
Pele once described Belfast boy Best as “the greatest footballer in the world”, but his irrefutable talents were tempered by his well-documented vices. “If I’d been ugly,” he once said, “you’d never have heard of Pele.” Although that may be a stretch, it was an acknowledgment that his career wasn’t quite the success it could have been due to his carousing and womanizing.
The greatest achievements of his career all came before his 23rd birthday, with his 32 goals in 53 games in the 1967/68 helping United to with the European Cup and Best the Ballon d’Or – joining the other two of United’s ‘Holy Trinity’, Denis Law and Bobby Charlton, who won it in 1964 and 1966 respectively.
Career highlight: His performance in the 1968 European Cup Final against Benfica inspired the 4-1 victory that made United the first English winners of the competition.