Soccer legend to sell trophies for house on Corfu
Posted by Greeka.com on 11 Aug 2003
In order to pay for a holiday home in
Auctioneers Bonhams announced that the ex-Northern
Best said that he will use the proceeds to buy a holiday home on the Greek island of Corfu, while admitting that he would “shed a tear” to see the possessions go.
Best, who now works as a football pundit and has fought a highly public battle with alcoholism for decades insisted that the sale was nothing to do with money. “I certainly don’t have to sell them,” Best said “But I am sure my family would much rather have a nice retreat abroad where we can all relax, and they can enjoy it when I’m gone, than have two trophies that have to be kept locked away for security.”
Widely acclaimed as one of the most naturally talented footballers ever to have played the game, he won the two top-player titles in 1968 after helping Manchester United to the European Cup, scoring a goal in their 4-1 win over Benfica in the final.
But with a career severely curtailed by his off-field activities, principally drinking. Best, only in his mid-20s, saw his talents wane, shortly after that. He saw out much of his later career with a series of smaller clubs.