Date:Sunday November 19 2006
Friday was a sad day for football as the death of Hungarian footballing god, Ferenc Puskas, announced.
A striker with jaw dropping statistics of 512 goals for Real Madrid in 528 matches, and an even more impressive goal scoring rate for his national team of 83 goals in 84 means Puskas must be the greatest striker ever to live.
Talk about consistancy.
Wenger pays tribute.
'As a player he was absolutely fantastic not only from the very little I saw, but also what people told me,' said Wenger at his pre-match press conference on Friday.'
'I saw a little bit of him at Real Madrid because I had a black and white television. But people told me he was amazing. The fact that he won what he won and he got the respect from everybody as well tells you a lot.'
'It tells you a little bit of what life was like at that time. He was one of the two or three best players in the world and at the end of his life he had nothing to survive on.'
'People had to put money together so he could be treated in another way because he had Alzheimer's and that's what life was at that time - greatness and difficult times as well.'
'As a coach he had a difficult career, he was ill but we have great respect for him because he was a sensational player.'
'I don't like to compare players from different times but I always say the best from their generation would have adapted and would still be the best today.'
'It's difficult to ask if he was better than Zidane but I saw a guy today saying he had the brain of Zidane, the determination of Rooney and the skill of some Arsenal players, so he must have been a hell of a player.'
And his goal scoring wasn't the only thing that made him great, just check out which team he supported.
Date:Sunday November 19 2006
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