Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Best We Loved; from Bobby Charlton to Sven-Goran Eriksson, from Sir Alex Ferguson to Denis Law - the Biggest Names in Football Were All Touched by the Genius of George Best. Here They Pay Tribute to the Legend Who Died Today

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Best We Loved; from Bobby Charlton to Sven-Goran Eriksson, from Sir Alex Ferguson to Denis Law - the Biggest Names in Football Were All Touched by the Genius of George Best. Here They Pay Tribute to the Legend Who Died Today

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Eamon Dunphy, former Manchester United team-mate "George was highly intelligent. There is a caricature out there - and one that, tragically, he has played up to - of George as Jack the Lad. It is not true.

Five years ago I met up with him in Fulham. We went to his local pub and stayed there all day.

"But on the way he stopped at a bookshop and came out with a Magnus Magnusson Mastermind book. We sat in the pub and he threw the book at me and said "ask me any question in that book".

"He answered every question.

He just got them - he was extraordinary. Apparently he was measured for his IQ once - he scored 158."

Alex Ferguson, Manchester United manager:

"He has left us with a million memories, all of them good ones. At this moment I just think of him as a player. It's those moments we will relish.

"Some people are just born with a craft and leave an indelible mark on people's lives. The thing I remember, apart from his talent, was his courage.

"Every time he went down he got up again and just said 'Give me the ball'.

That will stick in my mind forever."

Sir Bobby Charlton, a director at Old Trafford and a team-mate of Best's during his time at the club

"Manchester United's glorious history has been created by people like George Best.

"Anyone that witnessed what George could do on the pitch wished they could do the same. He made an immense contribution to the game, and enriched the lives of everyone that saw him play. It is a very sad day. Football has lost one of its greats, and I have lost a dear friend. He was a marvellous person and my thoughts are with his family."

Sven-Goran Eriksson, England manager

"This is a very sad day for football. George Best was a wonderful player, one of the greatest. I remember watching him on TV in Sweden and I was always struck by what a fantastic player he was. …

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