Flawed Soccer Genius – The George Best Story

Most soccer players cope well with their rise to fame and enjoy playing soccer, earning money and enjoying the good things in life that come with it. A soccer player’s career at the top can be as short as ten years, and a player with a head on his shoulders will soon realize that they have to safeguard their future by investing in their health and their financial stability after their careers on the soccer field has drawn to a close.

Flawed Soccer Genius - The George Best Story

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The sad fact that some players abuse not only the gifts they have been given, but also make a mockery of the adulation and trust that have been placed on them by their team mates, their families and the fans who indirectly were involved in paying their inflated salaries. Soccer players should serve as a personal example to young people of the rewards the sport can bring. One of the first and most tragic examples was that of George Best of Manchester United and Northern Ireland. Best was a member of the great Manchester United team that won the European Cup in 1968, and was capped 37 times for Northern Ireland, scoring nine goals.

George Best was discovered in Belfast by Manchester United Scout Bob Bishop aged 15. He was subsequently given a trial by chief scout Joe Armstrong in 1961. So impressed was Matt Busby with this small in stature, slim in build soccer genius that he signed him on the spot. George wore the red soccer uniform of Manchester United for the first time in 1963. His teams mates then were Denis Law and Bobby Charlton, with whom Best had a love/ hate relationship for almost forty years.

He made 466 appearances for Manchester United in all competitions, scoring 178 goals (including six in one game against Northampton Town), playing. He played mainly as a winger. The highlight of his career for the “reds” was undoubtedly winning the European Cup with them in 1968, Best scored a brilliant solo goal in extra time in United’s 4-1 victory over Benfica in an emotional night at the Wembley Stadium in London. At the age of twenty-two the world was at his feet.

At the peak of his career Best has been called the most naturally gifted player ever to come out of the UK, rivaled only by Pel?� and Diego Maradona on the world stage

While at Manchester United, Best’s talent and showmanship made him a crowd and media favourite. He was dubbed “the fifth Beatle” for his long hair and good looks. Sadly George became more and more a cult figure and less a soccer player, and at the age of 27, Manchester United released him from his contract. He wandered the soccer stage for another ten years, becoming more and more a freak show. When he eventually retired, he ran out of money not long after. When interviewed at this bankruptcy hearing, Best, who had made a fortune during his time as a player, said … Read More

Paolo Maldini – A Great Generation of Greats

When Cesare Maldini’s fortune craftsmen began to subside, Paolo began to show candidates who would produce greatness, reach heights that were not only his father but the best soccer players from all over the world could only hope to aspire.

Maldini junior spent all of his 25 seasons as a footballer wearing red and black lines from A.C. Milan, finally hung his boots at the age of forty. Throughout his playing career, Milan Paolo won seven Italian Serie A championships, one Coppa Italia and five Supercoppa Italiana. On the European scene, Paolo added 5 UEFA Champions League Cups, five UEFA Super Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and 1 FIFA Club Globe Cup to win medals for his collection.

Paolo Maldini - A Great Generation of Greats

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Maldini made his league debut in 1985 at the age of 16 and his talent was such that he became normal in the AC Milan squad in the 1986/87 season

Using the eighteen-year-old Maldini holding a normal position in his initial team, Milan won the 1987-88 league championship (Scudetto) his first trophy, in a remarkable career and which saw Maldini continue to break many records around the domestic club scene. The first occurred on September 25, 2005, when Paolo Maldini broke the Serie A appearance record, playing in his 571 league match, breaking the record of goalkeeper Dino Zoff. In February 2008, Maldini created 1,000 senior appearances at club and international levels.

Playing for Milan, Maldini took part in no fewer than eight UEFA Champions League finals, a record better than Francisco Gento, from Real Madrid. As captain of the club, Maldini has lifted the trophy five times, at the same time holding the record as the player to score the fastest goal in the European Club Cup final in just 51 seconds in the match, at the same time because the oldest player (37) is with the target identical in the final against Liverpool in 2005

At the international level, Paolo Maldini, played for the Italian national group for fourteen seasons, from his debut in 1988 to retirement in 2002. During that time he made 126 international appearances and scored seven goals.

Maldini enjoyed the difference because he was summoned by his father Cesare to develop into part of the Italian U-21 team, where his defensive midfielder’s talent stood out, when he played twelve times, scoring 5 goals. No one held young Maldini and made his national team debut (Azzurri) at the age of nineteen on March 31, 1988.

He was awarded the armband for the 1994 World Cup, which he wore with a difference until he retired as an international at the end of the 2002 World Cup, after wearing armbands it was a record 74 times. Sad Maldini has never won or led Italy to the international trophy as the most closed Italian player.

Maldini announced his plans to retire in the 2008-09 season. At the 17th of 2009, Maldini played his 900th match, appearing for Milan in a league match against Udinese and his last match as … Read More