Football legend Ferenc Puskás’ bronze bust was unveiled at Real Madrid Football Club’s Training Center in Valdebebas on Thursday by club President Florentino Pérez who was accompanied by among others, Puskás’ widow Erzsébet Puskás and some of Puskas’ former teammates. The artwork is the creation of architect and sculptor Pedro Montes.
At the unveiling ceremony club President Florentino Pérez stressed that “Pancho” (that was Puskás’ nickname while played in Real Madrid) is a person who connects two nations — Spain and Hungary.
The ceremony also attended by Puskás’ former teammates Francisco Gento, the world’s only six-time European Cup winning footballer, Pachin who was Puskás’ permanent roommate while playing abroad, Emilio Santamaría, Amancio, Butragueno, and Fernando Hierro.
At the unveiling ceremony Hungary was represented by former Hungarian President Pál Schmitt and his wife, Katalin Makray, as well as Minister of Sports István Simicskó.