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Ronaldo vs Best

By David Herman  

Last week’s superb free-kick by Ronaldo against Portsmouth got the pundits going. Ronaldo has now scored almost as many goals as George Best in his best-ever season for Man Utd. So, who’s better: Ronaldo or Best?

The arguments for Best are pretty persuasive. 137 goals in 361 games for United, over more than a decade (1963-74). Furthermore, he weaved his magic on muddy pitches, the likes of which are hardly seen in today’s Premier League (except at Wigan), with a heavy ball and against vicious tackling from the likes of ‘Chopper’ Harris. Players in the 1960s received far less protection…

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