Pele vs George Best: Who is the Greater Legend?

Benjamin RogersAnalyst IOctober 10, 2008

The third issue of the VS series is here and after looking at great players and managers in the first two issues, this time we look at two great Legends. The two legends are George Best and Pele.

I have chosen these two Legends because they are simply the best at football, adored by the fans and gave so much back to the game.

When these players were in their prime they were the best players around and from the first moment they kicked a ball, they really shock the football world up. From Best's dribbles to Pele's eye for goal, these two really helped make football a better game and what it is today.

When comparing the Legends, I'll try to be as fair as possible and give the same amount of article space to each.

Well lets get started....



Pele was born in Tres Coreacous, Brazil in 1940 and from an early age loved playing the game of football.

He started playing football for Bauru AC as a youth from the years 1952 to 1956, he finally got his first senior start when in 1956 he signed for Santos.

He won many Cups and scored many goals for the club and made 412 appearances. He played for Santos until 1974 but in 1975 he joined the American side New York Cosmos, were he scored 31 goals in 56 appearances and he stayed at the club until 1977.

During his time at the two clubs he also played for his National side Brazil. He helped his side to goals and trophies from 1957 to 1971.

In his native Brazil, Pelé is hailed as a national hero. He is known for his accomplishments and contributions to the game of football.

In total for club and Country he scored 1281 goals a feat that has never been broken.

He was also declared the official football ambassador of the world by Fifa and a national treasure by the Brazilian government. He is also acknowledged for his vocal support of policies to improve the social conditions of the poor (when he scored his 1,000th goal he dedicated it to the poor children of Brazil).

In total he won...

For Santos, 10 Campionato Paulista titles, three Torneio Rio-sao Paulo titles, three Torneio Roberto Gomes Pedrosa title, five Taca Brazil titles, two Copa Libertadores, two Intercontinental titles and one Southern American Recopa.

With the New York Cosmos,  one NASL Champions title.

With Brazil, three Fifa World Cups and two Roca Titles.


George Best

George Best was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1946.

As a youth his first team was Gregagh Boys Club but in 1963 he was to start the road to his future status as a legend by becoming a youth for Manchester United.

He played for Manchester United from 1963 to 1974, scored 138 goals and made 361 appearances. He won many trophies with the club and to this day is adored by the United fans and players.

In 1975 he left United and played for Stockport but he only made three appearances and scored two goals so in the same year as he signed for Cork City were he scored 29 goals in 61 appearances. In 1976 he joined Los Angeles Aztecs were he made 23 appearances and scored 15 goals.

He then moved on to Fulham and scored 7 goals in 33 appearances. He moved back to Los Angeles Aztecs in 77 and scored 12 goals in 32 appearances. Then he played for Fort Lauderdale Strikers and scored six goals in 26 appearances. He then moved on to the Scottish club Hibernian were he scored three goals in 22 appearances.

In 1980 he joined up with the San Jose Earthquakes were he scored 28 goals in 56 appearances. Then in his lat years as a player he played for Bournemouth were he made four appearances, Brisbane Lions but only made one appearance and in 1984 made his final appearance for Tobermore United.

During his massive amount of time as a player he also played for Northern Ireland from 1964 to 1977.

He failed to win any major trophies which is a real shame for a player who played so well for so many clubs.

In 2005, George Best passed away at the age of 59 but behind him, he left a football legacy.


Well there we go it's done. If you like the article then please feel free to leave a comment. However this is a vote article so If you would like to vote that would be great too and remember if you vote then leave a comment telling who you voted for that way it will be more of a contest.

But if you want to have a private vote then I respect that too.

Just before I make my usual ending, I would like to dedicate this article to George Best for the legacy he left and the telegram that Bob Bishop sent back to Matt Busby saying "I think I've found you a Genius" 

As always, hope you enjoy the article.


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