Alfredo Di Stefano


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di Stéfano, Alfredo,

1926–2014, Argentinian-born soccer star, one of the game's greats. Nominally a center-forward, he became famous for his versatility on the field as well as for his strength and resilience. He debuted as a pro (1944) with Buenos Aires' River Plate team and later (1949–53) played for Bogotá's Millionarios club, where he was league scoring champion (1951–52) and sparked the team to three league titles (1949, 1951–52). His greatest achievements as a player, however, were for Real Madrid (1953–64), where he was the team's career top scorer, top league scorer (1951–52), and European footballer of the year (1957, 1959), and led his team to five consecutive European Cups (1957–61) and the first World Club Cup (1960). A Spanish citizen from 1956, he played on Spain's national team from 1957 to 1961. He ended his playing career at Barcelona's RCD Espanyol and, after retiring in 1966, coached (1967–91) in Spain and Argentina including for Valencia (1970–74, 1979–80, 1986–88) and Real Madrid (1982–84, 1990–91).
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Real turned on a footballing masterclass with Alfredo di Stefano grabbing a hat-trick and Ferenc Puskas managing an amazing four-goal haul.
Roberto Carlos, who joined Madrid from Inter Milan in 1993, has played more games for the nine-times European Cup winners than any foreign import in the club's history, including Alfredo di Stefano.
Then in October, 100,000 were at Wembley to see England beat a Rest of the World team featuring a Who's Who of world football, including Pele, Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas, Eusebio, Lev Yashin - and goalscorer Denis Law.
However four goals from Ferenc Puskas and three from Alfredo di Stefano gave the Spaniards a 7-3 win in front of 127,621 people at Hampden.
Alfredo Di Stefano got a hat-trick but Ferenc Puskas was first to his own treble - and added a fourth with 20 minutes to go.
Ferenc Puskas and Alfredo di Stefano hit four and three goals respectively.
The 31-year-old striker moved one goal ahead of the legendary Alfredo Di Stefano with his 308th strike for the Spanish giants.
The Madrid captain's goals on Tuesday lifted him into second place in the list of leading goalscorers in Europe's top club competition, with 47 - two behind Real legend Alfredo di Stefano.
Tuesday April 26 Real Madrid boss Alfredo di Stefano labels Aberdeen 'rough, tough and violent' after seeing his side's European Cup Winners' Cup Final opponents beat Celtic 1-0.
The Portugal forward's impressive haul saw him move ahead of both Alfredo di Stefano and Raul in one afternoon, to amass a total of 229 goals in 203 matches - one more than Raul, who needed 550 games to reach his tally.
AUG 26, 1963 IN a story you don't read every day, even in South America, the great Alfredo di Stefano was found wandering near the Spanish Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela.