According to The Sun, Gazza poured out his anguish at the same health farm where tragic Bestie fought his last vain battle with the bottle.
Man United legend Best looked a haggard, broken man as he nursed a glass of white wine months before his death at 59 in November 2005.
But smiling, sun tanned Gazza was drinking bottled water at the same spot yesterday - and looked sober and fighting fit after a three-hour gym workout.
The ex-Spurs and Newcastle star has been in rehab at soccer pal Tony Adams's Sporting Chance Clinic in the grounds of the Champneys health spa at Forest Mere, Hants.
Doomed Best spent months at the same spa as he struggled to contain his drink problem and even has a suite there named after him.
Gazza said: "I'm humbled when people say I'm the George Best of my generation.
But what happened to him will always be a lesson to me. I knew George and really felt for him in the end for obvious reasons - our experiences in life had been so similar," he added.