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Soccer great George Best's will leaves estate to sister, just a watch for son

Soccer great George Best's will leaves estate to sister, just a watch for son

The late soccer legend George Best left his entire estate to one of his sisters, bequeathing nothing to his two ex-wives and just a watch to his only son, a lawyer handling his will said Friday.
The former Manchester United and Northern Ireland star, who died in November 2005 at age 59 after a decades-long battle with alcoholism, left an estate with a gross value of just 525,680 pounds (euro799,000; US$1.03 million), according to a grant of probate document filed Friday in a London court.
But Paul Tweed, the Belfast lawyer representing the will's main beneficiary, Best's sister Barbara McNarry, told The Associated Press that the net payout would be far lower. He said the figure could be less than 130,000 pounds (euro200,000; US$250,000) once British inheritance taxes and other debts are cleared.
Tweed confirmed that Best's will _ dated March 2000 _ specified that his only child, Calum, should receive a commemorative designer watch from the 1994 World Cup and nothing else. Calum Best, 25, has built his own reputation as a playboy and was the winner on a British reality TV show _ "Celebrity Love Island" _ in 2006.
Tweed said Best's two former wives _ Angie, the mother of Calum, and Alex, who divorced Best in 2004 _ were getting nothing. Neither were Best's other three siblings.
Tweed said Barbara McNarry was named as the key beneficiary in part because she oversees a memorial fund in Best's honor and was most involved in promoting his legacy.
"Barbara has devoted her entire attention to raising six-figure sums for that foundation, and George appreciated that very much," he said.
Tweed said Best's major asset was his ownership of an apartment in Chelsea, west London.