George Best certainly had magic in his feet but he was unable to drag the Northern Ireland team to the World Cup at any point in his career.
He played for a Manchester United team that included many other legendary players in the game, but they same could not be said about his international teammates.
Best appeared 37 times and scored nine goals for Northern Ireland. Billy Bingham, Northern Ireland's manager for the 1982 World Cup, did consider bringing Best to the competition, but it never happened.
What is the story behind Billy Bingham asking you to play in the 1982 World Cup finals?
William Hoey, Belfast
I was really fit at the time, playing weekly for an American team while also playing racquet ball for up to three hours a day. The problem was my American team were really awful, and Billy Bingham came to watch me in a tour game at Hibs and we got slaughtered. He was under a bit of pressure to pick me and I suppose he could justify leaving me out as what he had seen wasn’t very impressive. I wouldn’t have expected to play every game, but I wished he had just taken me as a member of the squad and thrown me on for 15 minutes, only so I could have played in the World Cup.