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Goals don't get much better than Best's beauty

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 27, 2014

Best goal scored on Match of the Day? Look no further than George Best's effort against Tottenham.

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WHERE do you even begin to start the search for the greatest goal ever scored on Match of the Day?

With George Best's sublime lob against Tottenham, that's where.

Others will wax lyrical about a Sky Blue Ernie Hunt profiting from Willie Carr's sorcery at a free-kick for Coventry, or Liam Brady's swerving shot against Tottenham, or Paolo di Canio's scissors-like volley against Wimbledon, or Ronnie Radford's cannonball out of the mud in Hereford, or Wayne Rooney's bicycle kick against Manchester City — perhaps even Best's unforgettable effort against Sheffield United.

But the sheer majesty of the great man's 1971 goal against Spurs holds sway for this column.

For the few who haven't seen it, Best intuitively darts into space about 12 metres out, awaiting a knock-down as an under-pressure Pat Jennings tries to clear.

The ball duly drops invitingly but there are four defenders and Tottenham's legendary keeper blocking his route to goal.

But in the blink of an eye the Northern Irish genius spots a possibility that probably not one other person in the ground has seen, and contrives to execute an exquisite and perfectly judged lob that finds the back of the net, leaving the Spurs' defenders disbelievingly looking at each other.

The final touch is the magnificent celebration.

Best turns and walks back with one arm up in the air, hand clenched into a fist, so cool that Steve McQueen might have worn a George Best T-shirt that night. It doesn't get any better.

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