Alfredo Di Stefano

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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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WHETHER Alfredo di Stefano was the greatest player ever can be debated from now until you meet your maker when he - or she in these PC gender equality days - would probably carry on the argument.
Real Madrid Legend Alfredo Di Stefano has passed away on Monday following a heart attack two days earlier.
MANY years after Alfredo di Stefano had stopped playing, a journalist asked him if he'd ever held any superstitions.
London, July 8 ( ANI ): Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano, who is regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time, has passed away at the age of 88.
REAL Madrid president Florentino Perez was one of the first to offer his condolences to the family of Alfredo Di Stefano after "the greatest player of all time" died on Monday afternoon.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Real Madrid icon Alfredo Di Stefano died at the age of 88.
LIVERPOOL were among the European Cupwinning sides to pay tribute to the legendary Alfred Di Stefano following his death yesterday.
SIR ALEX FERGUSON last night led the tributes to Alfredo Di Stefano by labelling him one of the greatest players of all time.
REAL Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano remains in a stable condition in hospital after suffering a heart attack on Saturday.
Former Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano, 88, has died in a Madrid hospital two days after suffering a heart attack, the club said on Monday.