Vincente Guillot Reveals George Best Forced Spain to Move
Vicente Guillot, a legend in both the city of Valencia and the Spanish national team, has stated that he anticipates the former great player for Manchester United, George Best, to sign for Real Madrid.
Guillot, who was instrumental in Valencia’s success in the 1960s both domestically and in Europe, spoke about the Manchester United great and how he was regarded by the Spanish players of the era. Guillot was instrumental in Valencia’s success both domestically and in Europe.
“a regular topic of talk in La Liga dressing rooms,” Guillot claimed in an interview with Tribalfootball.com about Best, according to Guillot’s comments.
According to Guillot, at the time in question, one third of United’s holy Trinity was sparking European football, and Best was closely monitored even in Spain at the time.
Around the same time that Guillot and Best were shining with their attacking exploits, Real Madrid was at the top of their game in both Spanish and European football.
Nevertheless, despite the fact that Madrid won seven La Liga titles during Guillot’s nine seasons with Valencia, the diminutive winger contributed to Los Che’s success in both the Fairs Cup and the Spanish Cup, leading Los Che to victories in both competitions in 1961-1962 and 1962-1963 respectively.
And while Northern Ireland star Best was quickly becoming United’s primary player and a superstar in Europe, his shares abroad were as high as the Spaniards who were watching in wonder. His shares abroad were as high as the Spaniards who were watching in awe.
Guillot then continues to explain how Matt Busby’s club, and in especially the player who was known as “El Beatle,” were held in extremely high esteem across the entirety of the Spanish game.
— Without a shred of a doubt, the answer is yes. Undoubtedly, George Best was someone that the players of my era looked up to and revered. He was a terrific performer on the football field. He played up front as a striker and sometimes in the attacking midfield. I believe that it resolved itself on the right,” he reflects now.
And the 81-year-old former player for the Spain national team recalls how many people believed that Best would turn the red hue of Manchester to the white colour of Madrid.
I was told that Real Madrid had been after him for some time and that they were quite close to making a deal with him. During that time, you probably heard quite a bit about George Best. Therefore, if you hear a lot about a specific player, it’s either because he’s an extremely talented footballer or because he’s an extremely despicable human being! (Laughs),” Guillot joked.
Guillot, who played for Valencia more than 150 times and whose fame at the time inspired the formation of a fan club known as the Guillotines, came to the conclusion that “there is no golden mean here!” Guillot’s popularity at the time even gave rise to a fan club named after him.
Not only did George Best remain with Manchester United, but he also surpassed the accomplishments of Guillot by playing for the Old Trafford squad 470 times and scored 179 goals throughout the course of his career there.
And it was just last month that the infamous seventh number of the “reds” was remembered with the same amount of love as it always has been, as fans marked the 17th anniversary of the terrible death of Manchester’s own son Georgie Best.