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George Best at 21

Flush on wages of £160 per week, George Best ponders money in the game, the pressures of fame and his footballing future.

News 1968 7 mins

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With bottles of bubbly at hand and adoring fans hovering nearby, this early interview presents an image of George Best as footballing superstar. He was, at the time, one of the highest-paid footballers in England and valued at £200,000 by his club. One of the great showmen footballers, Best here describes the sport as part of the entertainment industry and ponders the day when players might earn filmstar wages. These news rushes are courtesy of the UTV Archive.

Ever fashionable, Best also discusses the boutiques that he helped run in Manchester. His business partner, none other than Manchester City footballer, Mike Summerbee.