After returning to Europe, the players parted ways. Some, including Bozsik, returned to Hungary while others, including Czibor, Kocsis and Puskás, found new clubs in Western Europe.  Puskás did not return to Hungary until 1981.  Spanish career In Spain he is known also under the nickname of Pancho. Real Madrid Puskás's player licence, showing his mother's maiden name Biró as a second surname in accordance with Spanish naming customs After refusing to return to Hungary, Puskás initially played a few unofficial games for RCD Espanyol.
00 Honours Player Budapest Honvéd Nemzeti Bajnokság I: 1949–50, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955 La Liga: 1960–61, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65 Copa del Generalísimo: 1961–62 European Cup: 1958–59, 1959–60, 1965–66 Intercontinental Cup: 1960 Summer Olympics: 1952 Central European International Cup: 1948–53; runner-up: 1955–60 FIFA World Cup runner-up: 1954 Individual Ballon d'Or Silver Award: 1960 Hungarian Football Federation Player of the Year: 1950 Central European International Cup top scorer: 1948-53 Hungarian top scorer: 1947–48, 1949–50, 1950, 1953 Spanish League top scorer (Pichichi Trophy): 1959–60, 1960–61, 1962–63, 1963–64 European Cup top scorer: 1959–60, 1963–64 Golden Boot of the World: 1948 World Soccer World XI: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963 1954 FIFA World Cup: Golden Ball 1954 FIFA World Cup: All-Star Team European Player of the 20th century – L'Equipe Hungarian Player of the 20th century – IFFHS Football's Top Scorer of the 20th century – IFFHS Member of the FIFA 100 UEFA Golden Player: Greatest Hungarian Footballer of the last 50 Years Inaugural Inductee into Goal Hall of Fame 2014 Top 10 Greatest Players of the 20th century (#7) – World Soccer Magazine Top 10 World's Best Players of the 20th century (#6) – IFFHS Top 10 Europe's Best Players of the 20th century (#4) – IFFHS Golden Foot: 2006 (as a legend) IFFHS Legends IFFHS Men Team of the Century (1901–2000) Manager Super League Greece: 1969–70, 1971–72 European Cup runner-up: 1970–71 Sol de América Paraguayan Primera División: 1986 South Melbourne Hellas National Soccer League: 1990–91 NSL Cup: 1989–90 Dockerty Cup: 1989, 1991 See also List of top international association football goal scorers by country List of men's footballers with 50 or more international goals List of Spain international footballers born outside Spain List of Soviet and Eastern Bloc defectors List of footballers with 500 or more goals List of association football families FIFA Puskás Award Golden Team Puskás Cup Notes ^ Before 1950 the club name was Kispesti A.
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 During his first La Liga season, Puskás scored four hat-tricks, including one in his second game, against Sporting de Gijón on 21 September 1958. In the game against UD Las Palmas on 4 January 1959, Puskás and Alfredo di Stéfano scored hat-tricks in a 10–1 win.  During the 1960–61 season, Puskás scored four times in a game against Elche CF and the following season, he scored five goals against the same team. Puskás scored two hat-tricks against FC Barcelona in 1963, one at the Bernabéu and one at the Camp Nou. During eight seasons with Real, Puskás played 180 La Liga games and scored 156 goals.
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He scored 20 or more goals in each of his first six seasons in the Spanish league, and won the Pichichi four times: in 1960, 1961, 1963, and 1964, scoring 25, 28, 26 and 21 goals, respectively. He helped Real win La Liga five times in a row between 1961 and 1965 and the Copa del Generalísimo in 1962. He scored both goals in the 2–1 victory over Sevilla FC in the Copa final.  Puskás also played a further 39 games for Real in the European Cup, scoring 35 goals. He helped Real reach the final of the 1958–59 European Cup, scoring in the first leg and in the decisive replay of the semi-final against Atlético Madrid, but missed the final due to injury.
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He was buried under the dome of the St Stephen's Basilica in Budapest on 9 December 2006.  Legacy The Népstadion in Budapest was renamed the Puskás Ferenc Stadion in 2002.  Asteroid 82656 Puskás, discovered by Krisztián Sárneczky and Gyula M. Szabó in 2001, was named in his honor.  The official naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 9 August 2006 (MPC 57425).  A street named Újtemető utca near Stadium Bozsik in the Hungarian capital of Budapest (specifically the district of Kispest) was renamed after Puskás precisely one year after the footballer's death.  The new Puskás Aréna, its metro station, Puskás Akadémia FC, Puskás Cup, and the FIFA Puskás Award all bear his name. A statue of Puskás was unveiled in 2017 in Melbourne, Australia, near the former site of the now demolished Olympic Park Stadium, where he led South Melbourne Hellas to the 1991 NSL Championship as manager.
In the following season he began Real's 1959–60 European Cup campaign with a hat-trick against Jeunesse Esch and in the semi-final against FC Barcelona, as Puskás once again guided Real into the final with three goals over two legs. In the final itself, Real beat Eintracht Frankfurt 7–3 with Puskás scoring four goals and di Stéfano scoring three. In subsequent European campaigns, he would score a further three hat-tricks, including one in the 1962 final against Benfica, which Real lost 5–3.