The exemplary gesture of Puskas never counted

Tomás González-Martín

Updated:05/21/2020 01: 48h


Ferenc Puskás was nicknamed Pancho for his friendliness and sympathy. The Hungarian was such a happy and joyful person, even though he had had a very hard time throughout his life. His escape from communism when he played with the Honved played in a European Cup match in Bilbao and his two years of statelessness, unable to officially compete in Nowhere, they marked a very hard stage. This situation added to that time in Hungary, when communism came and everything fell apart in a radical change of society.

The scoring midfielder, leader of Hungary and Honved, came to Real Madrid in 1958. He made his debut on September 14, 1958 against the Unión Deportiva Las Palmas- Madrid coach, Carniglia, said he was not to play for that great team, because they weighed twelve kilos, acquired living in Italy in that confinement, escaped from Hungary. And their food was based on pasta.

He was a substitute during several games, Carniglia counted on him, until Bernabéu called the coach and told him to put him in shape and that he had to play, because he was a great soccer player, unique. It happened like that.

The Hungarian was losing kilos and scored goals from the first day. He became the parallel scorer to Di Stéfano. If the arrow didn’t score, there was the Hungarian to do it. His four goals in the final Glasgow in 1960, whose sixty years we just celebrated on May 18, were confirmation of a great acquisition.

Puskas’ kindness was always evident. For many he was a player at the same level as Di Stéfano and Pelé. Some fans and managers of that time say that for them it was the best. The Puskas award for the best goal of the year is the recognition of that quality. Joseph Blatter, Former FIFA president, praised that Puskas was probably the best. Former managers of Real Madrid as Luis Miguel Beneyto point out that the Hungarian was the number one.

His example He was not only in the field, he was also outside. The youth of the Filial always remember a fact that another great, José Emilio Santamaría, relates in detail.

One day, Ferenck was leaving training at the Bernabéu and several young men from the second team joined him walking through Concha espina. It was winter and the Hungarian was wearing a nice coat. Sitting on the edge from the stadium there was a beggar, asking. Although it was sunny, the cold was excruciating and his hands were trembling. Emaciated face, defeat on his face.

Puskas went with the kids from the branch, those boys who wanted to be like him and suddenly stopped, looked at the beggar, took off his coat and gave it to him. And he said: Put it on, this is for you always and nobody takes it from you. Don’t sell it, it’s cold and it’s for don’t have it ».

The kids learned a lesson. Puskas kept walking in his jacket and tie, enduring the cold, while the beggar showed a smile and eyes of happiness that for they, the kids of the branch, were always unforgettable. Seeing that image for a hundred meters as they walked away was unforgettable on the retina of a life.

Why did you do that? Puskas had a very bad time and had seen many people like that beggar freeze to death in those times, when communism prevailed in the East and the situation worsened, after a second world war that devastated everything.

Puskas had seen much misery and poverty. SoWhen he looked at the beggar he did what he wishes they had done to many people he knew. “Always help, it can happen to you, don’t think that happens only to others,” Ferenc told the boys.

Puskas was a Real Madrid player from 1958 to 1966 and achieved a record of 242 goals in 262 games, with an average of 0.92. A sock that Cristiano has only overcome sixty years later.

Fun, gentle, ironic, smiling, happy in your character, genius with the ball, protagonist of an almost heavenly left-hander, endowed with a power cannon, among his great qualities the scoring instinct stood out. His first official goal was not long in coming. It was on the second day of the League, when He scored a hat-trick against Sporting, in a 5-1 win.

Puskas arrived already in the maturity of his career and in any case he became a historical gunner. He is the fifth highest director in the 113 years of Real Madrid legend, only behind Raúl (323), Cristiano Ronaldo (450), Di Stéfano (307) and Santillana (290).

If Puskas had come to the white club before, today he would be in the parameters of Raúl and Ronaldo. Among the legendary matches of Puskas highlights that final of the fifth European Cup against Eintracht Frankfurt, the best game in the world for the BBC, in which he scored four goals, while Di Stéfano scored the other three.


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