When Sean Connery turned down Manchester United to be an actor

The first James Bond in history was tempted by Matt Busby, but he was already 23 years old and rejected the proposal: “It was one of my best decisions.”

The ceremony of the Oscar Awards 2021 featured the In Memoriam segment, which pays tribute to actors, producers, directors, and members of the film industry who have passed away in the past year. It is always one of the most emotional moments. And this time, among all the figures mentioned, one appeared that made history on the big screen but could have done it on the soccer fields as well: Sean Connery.

Is that Connery, remembered for being the first James Bond, had the opportunity to play in the Manchester United, a story that he himself told long ago. “I was playing for Bonnyrigg Rose and they came looking for me from East Fife. That’s true; the Celtic thing, no ”, he began, thus discarding the rumor that linked him to the most winning team in Scottish football.

However, some time later it was the legendary Sir Matt Busby, then Manchester United manager, the one who tempted him. The idea was clear: bring young talents to Old Trafford. And on a team tour of Connery in Manchester, during a match against a local youth team, Busby spotted him from the stands and immediately offered him a £ 25-a-week contract.

“I really wanted to accept because I loved football”explained Sean Connery. “But I realized that a first-rate footballer could play little more than at 30 years old and I was already 23, so I decided to be an actor in one of the smartest decisions of my life,” he concluded.

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The history of the Manchester United Busby Babes

The Busby Babes – that is how they called the team led by Sir Matt Busby – remained in Manchester United history for being a squad full of young and talented players trained in the club’s lower ranks who played in the First Division in the late 1940s and during the 50. In addition, for having been protagonists of the remembered Munich tragedy, the plane crash that killed 23 people (including eight players) in 1958.

In Memoriam, the tribute to Sean Connery at the 2021 Oscars

In addition to Sean Connery, the segment In Memorian de los Oscars 2021 honored Chadwick Boseman, Max Von Sydow, Chrispoher Plummer, and actresses Cicely Tyson, Olivia De Havilland, Kelly Preston, Diana Rigg, and Ja’Net Dubois, among others.

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