Denis Law was born on February 24, 1940 in Aberdeen, Scotland. He played for Huddersfield Town, Manchester City, Torino and Manchester United, making 485 league appearances and scoring 237 goals.
Law represented Scotland 55 times, scoring 30 goals. He remains the country's leading international goalscorer, a record he shares with Kenny Dalglish. He is the only Scottish player in history to have won the prestigious European Footballer of the Year award, doing so in 1964.
Law scored in Scotland's famous 3-2 victory over England on 15 April 1967, less than a year after England had become world champions, making Scotland unofficially the best side in the world!! Man United won the league that season, but true Scot that he is, Law said the victory over England felt even better.
Law began his career at Huddersfield Town. In the 1954-55 season, he was spotted by Archie Beattie, a scout, who invited him to go for a trial. When he got there, the Huddersfield manager said: "The boy's a freak. Never did I see a less likely football prospect – weak, puny and bespectacled." However, to Law's surprise, they signed him on 3 April 1955.
In March 1960 he signed for Manchester City for a record British transfer fee of £55,000. His time there was unfulfilling, though, and he signed for Torino just over a year later. His time in Italy was even harder though; he struggled to adapt to the defensive way of playing, he was injured in a car crash, and then the club tried to sell him to Juventus against his wishes.
In 1962 he was back in Manchester, this time signing for United for a new record British fee of £115,000. A year later he scored the opening goal in the FA Cup final as United dispatched favourites Leicester City 3-1.
Law was instrumental alongside Bobby Charlton and George Best as Manchester United won the First Division title in 1964-65 and 1966-67. Sadly he missed the 1968 European Cup win through injury.
Did you know? Dutch international Dennis Bergkamp was named after Denis Law.