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Football is one of the most popular sports. Footballers inspire movie directors, authors and even software providers creating games for an online casino. What’s more, some stadiums are named after the greatest athletes. These 3 players have achieved this award.
Hendrik Johannes Cruijff
This athlete has changed football forever. He’s one of the best football players in the 20th century and probably the best coach in world football history. Cruijff was the first to win 3 Golden Balls in a row, 3 European Cups as a player and 1 as a coach. He coached Ajax and Barcelona and was most successful at the Catalan club, winning almost all the prestigious club titles. Ajax stadium in Amsterdam is renamed in his honour. Today, it’s the Johan Cruijff ArenA.
He was short, weighed 40 kg and dreamed of playing for AC Milan, whom he had supported since childhood. But it was precisely because of his modest size that they did not take him there. Giuseppe moved to the Internazionale and played 14 years for it, scoring a total of 243 goals, became a two-time winner of the Series “A”, was three times top scorer in the Italian championship, and as part of the team twice won the World Cup in 1934 and 1938. Meazza started to appear in Inter’s main roster thanks to the then Hungarian coach Arpad Weiss. Today, the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza is known all over the world.
This athlete is the best Hungarian footballer of all time. He played for the Hungarian and Spanish national teams and was included in the top ten players of the 20th century according to most sports publications. The prize for the author of the best goal of the year according to FIFA is named after Puskás. He is five-time champion of Hungary, five-time champion of Spain, a three-time winner of the European Cup with Real Madrid, the 1952 Olympic champion and winner of all possible individual awards in football. The stadium in Budapest, where the home matches of the Hungarian national team are held, is named after him.