In Hungary, Ferenc Puskas is more than just a footballer. He is, in many ways, a symbol of the country’s identity and a cultural icon, considered to be the greatest Hungarian footballer ever to take the field.
On 17th November at age of 79, Ferenc Puskas died of Alzheimer’s disease, his funeral attended by a huge number of Hungarian people gathering to mourn their national hero. He will forever be remembered not only as one of the greatest scorers the game has ever seen but also as an inspiration and pioneer of how the beautiful game might be played. He has since been honoured by FIFA, who hand out the Puskas Award to the scorer of the most aesthetically significant, or beautiful goal of the year.