Di Stefano (1926-2014): First ever “Best World Player” died

Alfredo Di Stefano was the first universal player: italian, french and irish blood, played for 3 national teams (home town Argentina, Colômbia and Spain), in 3 leagues (argentinian, colombian and spanish) and in several positions (started as forward and ended up a midfielder). Died, today, 2 days after a stroke.
His stats will prevail in Football history, above all, his stats in Real Madrid, who hired him in 1953 from Millonarios (Colombia) to change the course of spanish football history. And European. And World wide.

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Alfredo Di Stefano incredible CV

Name Alfredo di Stéfano Laulhe
Born June 4, 1926 (Buenos Aires, Argentinië)
Position Centre Forward
Caps 41 [1] (29 goals)
Clubs River Plate, Huracán, Millonarios Bogota, Real Madrid, Espanyol

As a coach Alfredo di Stefano was active for Elche, Boca Juniors, Valencia, Sporting Lisbon, Rayo Vallecano, Castellón, River Plate and Real Madrid

Trophies
Argentina
1x Copa America (1947)

Real Madrid
1x Intercontinental Cup (1960)
5x European Cup (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960)
8x Spanish Champion (1954, ’55, ’57, ’58, ’61, ’62, ’63, ’64)
1x Spanish Cup (1962)

River Plate
2x Argentinean Champion (1945, 1947)

Millonarios de Bogota
3x Colombian Champion (1949, 1951, 1952)[2]

As a coach Alfredo di Stefano won the European Cup Winners Cup (1980) and the Spanish championship (1971) with Valencia, the Argentinean championship with Boca Juniors (1970) and River Plate (1981), and the Spanish Super Cup with Real Madrid (1991)

Honours
2x European Footballer of the Year (1957, 1959)
1x Top Scorer Argentina (1947)
2x Top Scorer Colombia (1951, 1952)
5x Top Scorer Spain (1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959)

Real Madrid could sign €75m World Cup Star James Rodriguez – next ‘Galatico’

Real Madrid are reportedly confident of winning the race to sign Colombian youngster James Rodriguez according to the Sunday Times.

Bernabeu president Florentino Perez has made the 22 year old AS Monaco star his number one summer transfer target after the attacker’s impressive World Cup showing.

Rodriguez is the tournament’s top scorer with six goals and the player’s clean-cut image is said to be a factor that has further fueled the Spanish giant’s interest, with the club no doubt hoping to cash in on the player’s marketing potential.

Having paid FC Porto £35.6m to bring in Rodriguez to the Stade Louis II less than a year ago the principality side are said to have placed a €75m (£60m) price-tag on the South American, a fee one imagines Real Madrid wouldn’t think twice about stumping up.

Real Madrid spent £85m to bring in Welsh winger Gareth Bale a year ago, a sum that broke their own world record, and as such clearly do not have an issue spending big in order to secure top talents.

Rodriguez earned a move to AS Monaco after three strong seasons in Portugal, during which time he secured a trio of domestic titles as well as a Europa League triumph among a host of accolades.

The flair player proved he was no flash in the pan by finishing last term as the leading assist maker in Ligue 1.

Angel di Maria: 5 curious Facts

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Angel di Maria, nicknamed “the Noodle,” is one of the many parts of the Argentina national team that makes them so great. Watch the video above to see highlights of the best players in the World Cup including di Maria.

Unfortunately for Argentina, Di Maria will not be there to help them during the semifinal on Wednesday against the Netherlands due to a thigh injury.

Here’s what you need to know about Messi’s right-hand man:

1. His Thigh Injury is Keeping Him Out of the Semifinal vs. Netherlands

2. Manchester United Offered $54.3 Million For Him

3. He is Worth $22 Million

4. He Went Pro When He Was 17

5. He Got Married in 2011