GEORGE BEST

GEORGE BEST

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I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered
— George Best

This is one of the most oft repeated quotes from George Best, perhaps because apart from being funny, it confirms a vision of Best as anti-hero - a footballing Huck Finn or Han Solo. There are some quotes towards the end of his life that suggest he became a little more circumspect, but the romantic version we prefer is that of the uncompromising and unrepentant loveable rogue. As for Best himself? "They'll forget all the rubbish when I've gone and they'll remember the football." I'm not sure that's the case, the off field drama surrounding his life remains very much a part of his mystique. But it is safe to say that his extraordinary ability with a ball is what has us talking about him in the first place. They call him the maverick genius, but we would not have remembered the maverick without the genius. 

 In drawing George Best, I wanted to capture the feeling of the loveable rogue. Long hair, unshaven, loose socks and a cheeky grin as he waves for the ball.

In drawing George Best, I wanted to capture the feeling of the loveable rogue. Long hair, unshaven, loose socks and a cheeky grin as he waves for the ball.

This small selection of clips make it clear just how effective Best was at gliding by opponents

 Washed out desaturated colours to mimic the 'retro' nature of his footage and photos.

Washed out desaturated colours to mimic the 'retro' nature of his footage and photos.

Unsurprisingly, Best has been the subject of many photographers, filmmakers and creatives. There are a fantastic series of photo's on his life here at The Guardian. They also have an interesting interview with Dan Gordon, a filmmaker who made a documentary about Bests life.

Some of you may be familiar with Zidane A 21st Century Portrait, a film that followed Zidanes movement for an entire match - but this had already been done with George Best as the subject in 'fußball wie noch nie' ('Football as Never Before') - You can watch a short clip below.

Finally, to bring it back to his first quote which mentioned cars - a quick search about the subject shows he was not joking. I'm not a car guy, but this Jaguar e-type is a thing of beauty, and a fitting vehicle for the devilish genius that was George best

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