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Alfredo Di Stefano, the Real Madrid FC legend died

Jul 8, 2014 16:08 IST

Alfredo Di Stefano, the legend of Real Madrid Football Club, died on 7 July 2014 at the General Universatario Gregorio Maranon Hospital in Madrid. He was 88. He died after suffering a heart attack.

Stefano was a football player, who played for three different nations at international level but never appeared at the world cup. He played for Argentina, Colombia and Spain. Although FIFA in 1954 blocked him from playing for Spain but the decision was reversed in 1957, when Stefano gained the Spanish citizenship. Apart from this, FIFA do not officially recognised his Colombian caps.

About Alfredo Di Stefano
• Stefano was born on 4 July 1926, in Buenos Aires, Argentina
• He was regarded as one of the greatest players of all time
• He played between 1956 and 1960 as a forward and won five straight European Cups
• In 1957 and 1959, was voted as European player of the year
• He won eight Spanish league titles
• At the age of 38, he left the Real Madrid after scoring over 300 goals across 11 seasons
• With over 300 goals he was the second highest scorer from Real Madrid after  Spaniard Raul Gonzalez who scored 307 goals in all competitions
• He managed Real Madrid for five months from 1990 when the club won Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona.
• Stefano as manager led Boca Juniors and River Plate to Argentine league titles and won La Liga and the Copa del Rey with Valencia
• In 2000, he became an honorary President of Real Madrid

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