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Frances Traynor: Booze took the Best of George; The Truth About George Best Five, Monday.

Byline: Frances Traynor

HE'S lived his life in the public eye for the last 40 years, so you may wonder what truth there is in George Best's life that we don't know about already.

The answer is not much. Five's fly-on-the-wall documentary about possibly the greatest footballing talent these islands have ever produced could not have been more sympathetic and kind if it had taken George down the pub and got him p*****.

Actually, that's exactly what they did. George's story is that he turned to booze to relieve the stress of being a superstar footballer.

While he was quaffing champagne and bedding Miss Worlds, his mother drank herself into an early grave from the stress of having given birth to a superstar son.

The love of several good women hasn't saved George from himself and his weaknesses, and he's back bevvying as hard as ever after a liver transplant saved his life.

It's hard to love or care about someone so self-centred, but George seems lucky in that his friends and family do just that. Maybe one day he'll realise that's the truth about George Best he inspires affection.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 1, 2004
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