December 19, 2014
Soccer legend Di Stéfano dies at 88
Argentine-born Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stéfano died at 88 in Madrid, after being in coma following a heart attack he suffered on Saturday while leaving a restaurant in the Spanish capital.
Frequently bracketed with Pele and Diego Maradona among the greatest exponents of the game, the former Argentine forward was one of the most complete footballers of all time.
He became a Real Madrid legend after representing the club for 11 seasons, helping turn the Spanish club he joined in 1953, into one of the world's leading sides, winning five European Cup titles and eight Spanish league titles.
An accomplished defender, a midfield workhorse, a playmaker and a prolific striker, he could be seen covering back in defence, charging through the midfield, laying on goals for the forwards and smashing shots into the net all in the same game. He scored 418 goals in 510 official games for Real Madrid
The “Blond Arrow” (La Saeta Rubia) -as he was dubbed for his speed- was voted European player of the year twice, in 1957 and 1959, and was the honorary president of Real Madrid club.