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Author: Isaque Argolo | Creation Date: 2022-12-06 13:11:29

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I was reading some texts and an article — which is publicly available — about comparisons between György Orth and Ferenc Puskás. Well, I would like to give my opinion on the football of the two Hungarians.
Ferenc Puskás was a less spectacular, less technical, less intelligent, less tactical player than Gyuri Orth was. In fact, Orth impressed much more than Puskás, due to his much more artistic and genius football than that of Öcsi. Of course, this is not to say that Puskás did not have his individual values.
In this dispute, however, I can only see a slight advantage for Puskás in terms of regularity at a high level. This last feature is not due to Orth having dropped in performance on his own, no, since his fate was sealed by Tandler in September 1925. Even so, it is good to remember that even having almost practically ended his career that same year, Orth was still considered the best centre-forward on the continent in later years, especially in 1927. Puskás Öcsi since 1948 was already considered the best inside left on the continent and one of the best players in the world. In terms of the peak reached as a player, there is not the slightest comparison between the two, as what Orth did between 1919-1925 will never be repeated. Puskás, however, wins in terms of regularity at a high level. This is a battle between peak vs regularity, two very important aspects.