Date of Birth: April 2, 1927
Teams: Hungary and Spain
Appearances: 85 (Hungary), 4 (Spain)
Goals: 84 (Hungary), 0 (Spain)
A relatively slow but extremely powerful forward, Puskas became famous for his extraordinarily effective left-footed kick. From 1945 to 1956, he was a key player for the Hungarian national team, which captured the gold medal at the 1952 by beating Yugoslavia 2-0. Two years later, Puskas would play a crucial role in his side's run to the final of the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland. He did score in the final but saw his side lose 2-3 to West Germany. Puskas left Hungary for Spain after the abortive anti-Communist uprising of 1956 and represented the side at the 1962 World Cup in Chile. He passed away in 2006, at the age of 79. The FIFA Puskas Award, established in 2009, is awarded to the player, male or female, judged to have scored the most aesthetically significant, or most beautiful, goal of the year.