Latest Issue

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…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect