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.