George Best (1946–2005, Belfast, N. Ireland) George Best was a professional footballer from Northern Ireland, who famously played for Manchester United and the Northern Ireland national team. In 1968 he won the European Cup with Manchester United, and was named the European Footballer of the Year. Best had no formal art education and we have found no record of his amateur painting activity. This 1970 painting was purportedly made during an early stint in rehab and given to the woman who nursed him. The painting eventually ended up in the collection of Rob Chilten, a photographer based in London.