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In Pictures: Remembering George Best ten years after his death

Former Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer George Best died in hospital at the age of 59 after suffering multiple organ failure on 25 November 2005.

He is remembered for his dazzling skill on the pitch and for his champagne lifestyle away from it.

Best once said: "I was the one who took football off the back pages and put it on to page one."

Ten years on from his death we look back at his life.

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Image caption The Belfast-born player made his debut for Manchester United at the age of 17 in 1963
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Image caption A sombrero-wearing Best in 1966 on his return to England following Manchester United's famous 5-1 defeat of Benfica in Lisbon in the 1966 European Cup
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Image caption Best is widely regarded as one of the greatest players to have graced the game
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Image caption May 1968: Pat Crerand, left, and George Best hold the European Cup with manager Matt Busby at Euston station in London, ahead of the team's departure for Manchester
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Image caption George Best and Danish girlfriend Eva Haraldstad in August 1969
Image caption Best photographed outside one of his boutiques in 1970
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Image caption Playing against Chelsea in 1971
Image caption January 1970: Flashing a world-famous smile
Image caption Best once said: "I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered"
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Image caption George Best relaxing on a beach in Spain in 1972
Image caption George Best with wife Angie - who he married in Las Vegas - at Heathrow Airport in October 1980
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Image caption Best with Angie and their son Calum in September 1984
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Image caption Best in January 2000 after being inducted into the International Football Hall of Champions at the Fifa World Player of the Year ceremony in Brussels
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Image caption Best suffered from alcoholism for most of his adult life and was diagnosed with severe liver damage in March 2000
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Image caption Best during a frank interview for BBC Belfast in 2001 - his second wife, Alex, had just returned to the couple's home and pleaded for her husband to stop drinking following his latest lapse
Image caption Sharing a laugh with Michael Parkinson on stage at TV Moments 2001
Image caption George Best and his second wife Alex - the couple married in 1995 - following a liver transplant in 2002
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Image caption Best in 2003 with his 1967-68 Football Writers' Footballer of the Year and 1968 European Footballer of the Year awards
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Image caption Well-wishers line the streets as George Best's funeral cortege leaves the Cregagh estate in east Belfast on 3 December 2005
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Image caption Best's son Calum attends his father's funeral service in Stormont, Belfast

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