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George Best
George Best

"There's only one Ronald Samuel Best".

It doesn't quite have the same ring to it... but for 15 days, that was what football legend George Best was actually called.

Indeed, his birth certificate shows a disparity between the Christian names given when he was born, on May 22, 1946, and the one he was later baptised with.

A copy of the official document, hand-written in a black, spidery, barely legible scrawl, indicates the name 'Ronald Samuel Best' was initially registered on May 27, five days after his birth, but subsequently changed to one single name, 'George'.


Under the heading 'Baptismal Name if added after Registration of birth and Date', the Registrar has penned: "George (on form for altering name) 6th June 1946" on the certificate. It's a curious revelation, and one that remains, to this day, a source of confusion for the Best family.

Best's brother-in-law Norman McNarry, who is married to the late footballer's 62-year-old sister Barbara, said they have no idea how George began life as Ronald Samuel.

"Barbara hasn't a clue about the name change on the birth certificate and she doesn't think anyone can explain how it happened," he said.

Belfast's most famous footballing son - or 'Bestie' as he was affectionately known to millions - became an icon at Manchester United before a chronic alcohol addiction brought a premature end to his glittering career.

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