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  • 'Shanks 'Shanks Dec 16, 2005 10:21 Flag

    George Best

    completely agree..in his day an entertaining footballer for a brief time..obviously more iconic than his career deserved due to the 5th beatle effect. can you imagine what it´ll be like in Brazil and Argentina when Pele & Maradona join George...

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    • I think the Maradonna analogy is very apt given his problems with drugs and alcohol abuse. Also, given the "Hand of God" incident one would also have to question Maradonnas attitude towards fair play and honesty. On the whole a similarly poor role model as GB for anyones kids. However, the great Pele was truely a remarkable player and has proved to be a great ambassador for the game and his country.
      While all three players can be compared in terms of footballing ability, I think Pele stands head and shoulders above GB and DM as a human being.
      As and when the time comes for his passing, and one hopes that will not be for a good while yet, then Pele will be truely and rightly mourned around the world as a great man and a remarkable footballer.