Sport: Gorgeous Georgie

Mothers want to reform him. Schoolboys strive to emulate him. And girls by the thousands dreamily chant his name whenever he appears on the playing field. Another Joe Namath? Not at all. George Best is the name, and his fans hail him as the most glamorous, most electrifying soccer player ever to come out of the British Isles. Says Danny Blanchflower, a onetime soccer great in his own right: "Best's movements are quick, light, balletic. He is a master of control and manipulation. And with it all, there is his utter disregard for danger."

Long of hair and short of temper, Best,...

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