Friday 17 November 2017

Mystery of George Best name change solved

Earlier this week we revealed that the football legend was actually called Ronald Samuel for the first 15 days of his life
Earlier this week we revealed that the football legend was actually called Ronald Samuel for the first 15 days of his life

Claire McNeilly

The mystery of George Best's birth name has been solved.

Earlier this week we revealed that the football legend was actually called Ronald Samuel for the first 15 days of his life.

He only became George when he was baptised in June 1946.

Best's surviving relatives said they had no idea about the name change.

But now Best's former agent, Phil Hughes, has said his parents decided to rename him.

He said George's parents concluded that Ronald Samuel "was too much of a mouthful, so they decided to call him after a family member on his mother's side instead".

Mr Hughes (55), who was Best's agent for 20 years up until the iconic footballer (pictured inset) died 10 years ago, added that Bestie - as he was affectionately known to millions - gave the name change an emphatic thumbs-up.

"George thought it was funny, or maybe even a bit strange, that he could have been called something else, but he was glad he wasn't," said Mr Hughes.

Irish Independent

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