Sunday, November 27, 2005

Best's Best
At 1 o'clock last night, I was about to sleep when a shocking news nearly made me think, how fame and publicity can lead to a dramatic change in one's life. It was the news on the death of a great footballer who was born in Belfast that amazed me with his dazzling dribbling skills, not to forget his good looking face of an Irish blood and his 70's hairstyle that I admire until now, the great Manchester United player who wore the number 7 jersey alongside Denis Law and Bobby Charlton during their glory era: George Best (1946-2005)

At that time, many believe Best to have been the complete footballer like Pele, Johann Cruyff, and Diego Maradona but sadly, fame surrounded by famous models and heavy drinking were taking its toll and by the end of the 1972 season, his career at the very top was over. After years of struggling and battling his addiction to alcohol, Best died on Friday in London's Cromwell hospital in west London at the age of 59.

Eventhough his glory days of fantastic dribbling skills in football were far behind before I was born, I could sense how thankful football lovers at that time of this player and one moral lesson, why does Islam prohibit alcohol. Understood.

"When the football was great and I was playing well, I couldn't wait to get up in the morning and that was the foundation of my life" Thank you Best.

1 comment:

21st Century Kashmiri Nomad said...

I think that he was a sad individual who could not control his obsessive personality. He destroyed his life through alcohol and probably hurt many people along the way. I dont think his attributes a footballer should make us forget his very human limitations.