Ferenc Puskás Biró (Budapest, 1 April 1927 – Budapest, 17 November 2006) was a Hungarian footballer and trainer. He is considered the greatest footballer in the history of Hungarian football and one of the greatest footballers of all time. He also defended the Spanish National Team.
Its name of baptism was Ferenc Purczeld Biró (Purczeld Biró Ferenc, in the Hungarian standard).
Puskás became famous as the leader of the Hungarian national team who made history in the first half of the 1950s, when his cast became known as “Magyar Magicians.” The country was undefeated for four years, winning the gold medal of football at the 1952 Summer Olympics and ending the 1954 World Cup runner-up, although it is undoubtedly considered the best team of this tournament. At the same time, he was the natural leader of the club that served as the basis for that selected Honvéd. His 84 goals in 85 games for Hungary make him the top scorer of the Magyar team; was by far the greatest scorer of a national team, a record beaten by the Iranian Ali Daei.
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Puskás, who had the rank of major (hence his nickname Major Galloping), has an exceptional goal scoreline for his country, 84 in 85 games. Precise skill holder for short and dry passes and dribbles, plus a neat left kick, was a brain player. Compared to other players of the day, he was considered fat and low. He would put glitter on his black hair and brush them back.
Largest Hungarian footballer ever entered the history of the sport also for his achievements by Real Madrid at the end of that decade and the beginning of the next. He is also one of the few to have played World Cups for two countries: he participated in the 1962 competition for Spain. According to FIFA, Puskás is one of five to have played World Cups for two countries considered different by the entity, along with Luis Monti (who played for Argentina in 1930 and Italy in 1934), José Santamaría he played for Uruguay in 1954 and Spain for 1962), José João “Mazzola” Altafini (who played for Brazil in 1958 and Italy in 1962) and Robert Prosinečki (who played 1990 for Yugoslavia and 1998 and 2002 by Croatia).
According to the IFFHS, the 512 goals of Puskás (in 528 matches) make of him the third greater gunner of century XX. Alongside compatriot Zoltán Czibor and Uruguayan Jose Pedro Cea, Puskás is also one of three athletes who scored goals in the Olympics and World Cup finals. Since 2009, FIFA has awarded the Ferenc Puskás Award to the most beautiful goal of the year.