There might be football greatest in every generation, but only a handful of people will ever have Stadiums Named after them. A number of stadiums around the world have been re-named over the years due to corporate sponsorships deals. But a few traditional clubs have re-named their respective stadiums in recognition of former servants.
5. Santiago Bernabeu
Santiago Bernabeu, born in 1895, was a former Real Madrid player, manager, and president. One of the most important men in the history of the club, Bernabeu served as Madrid’s president until the day of his death in 1978, after which the club’s stadium was named in his honor.
Real Madrid would not be the Real Madrid of today without Santiago Bernabeu.
4. Ferenc Puskas Stadion
Former Hungarian player and manager, Ferenc Puskas, is one of the greatest European footballers of all-time. Part of Hungary’s golden generation, Puskas almost averaged a goal a game for Hungary, scoring 84 goals in 85 appearances for the national side.
In 2002, the national football stadium in Budapest, Hungary was re-named after the country’s most prolific goalscorer Ferenc Puskas. And the FIFA Puskas Award, established on 20 October 2009 was in honor of the Hungarian wizard.
3. Johan Cruyff Arena
The greatest Dutch footballer of all-time, with three Ballons d’Or to his name, Johan Cruyff is fondly remembered for his overall contributions to football. The Dutchman also started the Cruyff Foundation, guiding, educating and helping the younger generation aspire to lead their lives through sport.
On 25th April 2017, Ajax announced that it would rename its home stadium from the Amsterdam Arena to the Johan Cruyff Arena, in memory of their club legend who passed away a year earlier in March.
2. Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona is arguably one of the greatest players to have graced the beautiful game. A World Cup and Ballon d’Or winner, Maradona has entertained masses during his 20-year professional career. However, the legendary figure as the manager never lived up to the expectations bestowed upon him with the national side.
Estadio Diego Armando Maradona is the home stadium of Argentinos Juniors in Buenos Aires.
1. Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
Giuseppe Meazza is widely considered by Italian historians as the greatest Italian to have played the game. He won the Serie A top goal-scorer award on three occasions during his career; he is fourth on the all-time Serie A goal-scoring charts.
The San Siro stadium, home to Inter Milan and AC Milan is called the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium. The stadium was re-named in 1980, recognizing the Italian’s achievements in Milan.