George Best's dream goal scored by young French forward

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Manchester United legend George Best always dreamed of scoring a goal by stopping it on the line and heading it in; now Paul-Georges Ntep realised that dream.

Manchester United legend George Best is one of the greatest players ever to have touched a football. Any video highlights from the 1960s are filled with clips of Best dazzling fans and bamboozeling defenders.

He scored over 250 goals in his professional career, but there was one goal he dreamed about that he never scored. This weekend in Ligue 1, Rennes forward Paul-Georges Ntep scored Best’s dream goal.

During the 1968 European Cup final against Benfica, the game had gone to extra-time and with the scores level at 1-1 it was then that Best took the game by the scruff of the neck. He received the ball with his back to goal. He drifted past his marker with a characteristic swivel, ghosted past the goalkeeper and sent the ball into the back of the net.

"I used to dream about taking the ball round the keeper, stopping it on the line and then getting on my hands and knees and heading it into the net," Best said later. "When I scored against Benfica in the European Cup final I nearly did it. I left the keeper for dead, but then I chickened out. I might have given the boss a heart attack.

Best never got to score his dream goal, but at only 21, Ntep has already ticked that goal off his list.

With the score 2-0 to the away side with just over 30 minutes to play, Ntep capatilised on a poor touch by Aissa Mandi, he sped past the defender, touched the ball past Kossi Agassa and then with all the time in the world he stopped the ball on the goal-line and headed the ball into the net.

It was sheer cheek from the French under-21 international, and some had deemed it disrespectful. Ntep was quick to defend himself after the game.

The forward has a point. If Best had managed to score that goal during his career, it would have been celebrated and lauded over. But because it is a 21-year-old just getting his break in professional football there are questions marks surrounding it.

Without people like Ntep doing the unthinkable, football would be far less exciting. If this is what he is capable of so early in his career, then Ntep is definitely one to keep an eye on.

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