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http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/6155766.stm

 

Hungary and Real Madrid legend Ferenc Puskas has died at the age of 79.

 

Puskas, who was in hospital for six years with Alzheimer's disease, died in Budapest at 0600 GMT on Friday after suffering from a fever and pneumonia.

 

Puskas led Hungary's golden team of the early 1950s, before taking Spanish citizenship and becoming part of Real Madrid's all-conquering team.

 

Puskas scored 83 goals in 84 games for Hungary from 1945 to 1956 and later played for Spain in the 1962 World Cup.

 

After leading Hungary to the 1952 Olympic Gold medal, he was part of the Mighty Magyars who became the first overseas team to beat England on home soil in 1953, scoring twice in the 6-3 win at Wembley.

 

Hungary then rolled England over 7-1 in Budapest and were consequently installed as favourites for the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland.

 

But injury to Puskas severely hampered the Magyars and they lost in the final to Germany.

 

Puskas joined Real Madrid and, along with Alfredo di Stefano, was the inspiration behind a string of domestic and European titles.

 

He scored four goals in Real's 7-3 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in a remarkable final at Hampden Park in 1960, and won the European Cup three times with the Madrid side.

 

In all, he scored 512 goals for Real in 528 matches and in 1962 he took out Spanish citizenship in time to play for his adopted country in the 1962 World Cup.

 

Puskas retired in 1967, going on to coach clubs in several countries, leading Greek side Panathanaikos to the European Cup final in 1971.

 

As the last millennium drew to a close, Puskas was voted the 20th century's fourth best player by the International Federation for Football History and Statistics.

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R.I.P To a true legend of the game and believe me I don't say that lightly, anyone who has a better record at International Football than Pele deserves a lot of respect. His ability on the ball was second to none, and in particular how hard he could hit the ball with his left foot will always be remembered.

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R.I.P.

 

Puskas is/was much overlooked in the world of football with people concentrating on Pele, Maradona, Cruyff etc...

Puskas was one of the very best, the very best forward in European football ever methinks.

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Real organised a tribute with all money reportedly going to him and family, but apparently after all fees and costs were discounted they were left with peanuts.

 

Anyway, RIP for one of the greatest :(

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R.I.P.

 

A true legend of the game. Makes a mockery of the term 'world class' which gets bandied about by knobs talking about Ibrahimovic, Del Piero & Raul et al. They couldn't lace his boots. A true great. One of the best to ever lace a pair of boots up. LEGEND.  blueyes.gif blueyes.gif blueyes.gif

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