Footballer Flórián Albert dies at 70

| October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Flórián Albert, Hungary’s Ballon d’Or prize-winning football player, died on Monday at the age of 70 after complications following heart surgery, his club Ferencváros said on its website.

Albert played 537 matches for Ferencváros, scoring 383 goals and winning four Hungarian championships. He also played 75 times for Hungary, tallying 31 goals. He took part in the 1962 and 1966 World Cups and won a bronze medal at the 1960 Olympic Games.

Born in Hercegszántó near the border of the former Yugoslavia, Albert got his first taste of the game playing with his two brothers. He made his debut with Ferencváros at the age of 17.

In 2007, the team’s stadium was renamed in his honor.

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