Perez pays tribute to Real Madrid Legend Di Stefano

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The Spanish club broke the news on their Twitter feed with a simple message: “Alfredo Di Stefano died on Monday at 88 years old”, accompanied with the hashtags, #EternoAlfredo (forever Alfredo) and #Leyenda (legend).

Thousands of fans are expected to say a final goodbye to Di Stefano at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, where his remains will be on public view all day Tuesday

Real Madrid, President, Florentino Perez, led the tributes as he hailed Alfredo Di Stefano as the best player ever to have played the game in the wake of the legendary forward’s death at the age of 88.

“Today is a day of absolute sadness for Real Madrid and dare I say it the entire football world,” Perez told assembled journalists. “Di Stefano was the most important player in the history of Real Madrid and the best footballer of all time.

“Alfredo Di Stefano is Real Madrid. He was decisive, determined and changed the destiny of this institution. He was able to extend the passion for Real Madrid to all corners of the world.

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

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)

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)