By Andy Hyslop
- Denis Law appointed CBE (Commander of British Empire) in New Years Honours
- Law scored 237 goals in 404 appearances for Manchester United
Manchester United goalscoring legend Denis Law has appointed CBE in the New Years Honours. This is an acknowledgement of his services to football and charity.
Denis Law will always be remembered as one of the greatest players and goalscorers to play for Manchester United, at the time of writing; only Sir Bobby Charlton has scored more goals than Law for United.
Law moved to Old Trafford from Italian side Torino for a then British record transfer fee of £115,000 at the start of the 1962/63 season.
In 1964 Law became the first and only Scottish player to win the prestigious Ballon d’Or award. At the time was awarded to the European Footballer of the Year but since 2009 has been awarded to the World Player of the Year.
Law is one of four United players to win the Ballon d’Or, followed by Sir Bobby Charlton in 1966 and George Best in 1968. They were followed by Cristiano Ronaldo in 2008.
His time at United saw Denis Law winning an Fa Cup in his first season. That was followed by two league championships in 1964/65 and 1966/67 seasons.
Law sadly missed the 1968 European cup final through but played his part in helping United reach the final against Benfica at Wembley Stadium.
Law represented his country on 55 occasions and scored 30 goals. His only appearance at a Major International tournament came in the 1974 World Cup.
In 2010 Law was named as Patron of UK based charity Football Aid, taking over from the late Sir Bobby Robson.