Best ‘doing well’ in hospital


LONDON: Troubled Manchester United legend George Best was recovering his health after suffering a liver infection, his agent said yesterday. 

The former Northern Ireland forward has spent three weeks in a private London hospital. 

“He’s doing very well – he’s a lot better than when he went into the hospital,” Phil Hughes said. 

Hughes added that Best would be in intensive care for a few more days. 

Best, one of the most naturally gifted footballers of all time, began drinking heavily after he gave up playing, bringing a succession of health problems which led eventually to a life-saving liver transplant in 2002. 

However, Best was drinking again within a year. 

Best became a huge star as he helped Manchester United to win the English league championship in 1965 and 1967 and the European Cup in 1968. 

Voted European Player of the Year in 1968, Best’s ability, coupled with his good looks and sometimes wild temperament, led him into a party-going lifestyle which took an increasing toll on his career. – AFP 

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