One of the greatest footballers of all time and Manchester United legend George Best was in fact a Cypriot, according to reports.
According to a story in Kibris newspaper, a well informed source told the Turkish Cypriot paper that Northern Ireland’s Best was in fact a Cypriot.
It is claimed his father was a Turkish Cypriot from Lefke and his Greek Cypriot mother was from Limassol.
As he was the product of an illicit love affair he was given up for adoption to an Irish family.
A source told Kibris that Best visited Cyprus frequently in the 1960s and 70s to see his biological father.
The parents of the Greek Cypriot girl sent her to London to give birth to the baby due to the shame of her becoming pregnant outside marriage, the source said. The baby was then given up for adoption.
George Best was born on May 22, 1946 in Belfast and died in London on November 25, 2005.
He often came to Cyprus for a holiday and on one of these visits, in 2001 he was hospitalised in Limassol after falling ill.
In 1968 Best won the European Cup with United, and was named the European Footballer of the Year.
He was described by the Irish Football Association as the “greatest player to ever pull on the green shirt of Northern Ireland”.