People absolutely loved the George Best documentary on the BBC
Simply the best. Every football fan needs to see this.
When Diego Maradona and Pele speak about greatness, you know that you're dealing with an extraordinary talent.
Regarding George Best, the Argentinian legend says: "George inspired me when I was young. He was flamboyant and exciting and able to inspire his team-mates. I actually think we were very similar players - dribblers who were able to create moments of magic."
It's rare that Maradona and Pele see eye-to-eye, but in the case of George Best, both icons knew brilliance when they saw it.
"I often mentioned George Best as the best player in Europe," said Pele. He's not wrong.
As mentioned before, the definitive documentary about the life of Northern Ireland's finest footballer aired on BBC recently and it absolutely blew everyone away.
Gifted, charismatic, handsome, magical, artist, exciting, prodigious, unique, revolutionary, wild, defiant and godlike. These are just some of the words that you could use to describe George Best because, in his pomp, nobody could touch him. Literally, defenders couldn't even get close to him.
Literally, defenders couldn't even get close to him.
This being said, we all know the difficulties that surrounded his personal life and in George Best: All By Himself, football fans are given a remarkable insight into both sides of Best's character.
In case you haven't seen the documentary, it revolves around "football’s first rock and roll star – a handsome, charismatic Belfast boy who could thrill and excite the crowds with every turn of the ball. But George Best was also the lead in his own Shakespearean tragedy, a flawed genius, brought down by drink, temptation and depression."
The documentary is now available online via the BBC iPlayer in Northern Ireland, and we can't recommend it highly enough for other Irish viewers who (*cough*) always seem to find a way to watch content not readily available through legitimate means.
Just take a look at some of these comments.
That George Best documentary was brilliant.
— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarrett) July 2, 2017
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) July 2, 2017
This George Best documentary is such a good depiction of how prone any person can be to addiction and instability, regardless of money
— Zo✨ (@ZoeShemmans_x) July 2, 2017
Fine George Best documentary on BBC2. The rules didn't protect the skilled player back then but he was still unstoppable. Pure genius.
— Rob Summerfield (@RobSummerfield1) July 2, 2017
If you're watching Love Island, you're missing George Best documentary on BBC2. He'd have won that too doing keepyuppies #bestie
— Michael Caulfield MSc (@TheCaulfieldWay) July 2, 2017
I watched that George Best documentary last week. Absolutely fantastic, my all time hero for sure. E for B & Georgie Best.
— Gary Thompson (@gary302) July 2, 2017
Probably the George Best documentary ever. The Belfast boy that had the world at his feet. #BBC
— Darren Belfast LFC (@ddot42) July 2, 2017
Well done BBC on the George Best documentary. I'm in tears!
— Chris Cobb (@chriscobb0307) July 2, 2017
Here's a look at what's in store.