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Alfredo Di Stéfano

Di Stéfano's eight La Liga titles

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NEWS | 07/07/2014

He turned Real Madrid into the most lauded team on a national and international level.
Alfredo Di Stéfano made his La Liga debut on 27 September 1953, in a 4-2 win over Racing de Santander. That match also saw La Saeta (the Blond Arrow) score his first goal in the Spanish topflight. After that the Madrid star stayed with the Whites for 11 seasons. During that time he played 282 games, scored 216 times, and was the top scorer in the division on five separate occasions.

1953/54: Di Stéfano wins the La Liga title for Real Madrid for the first time in 21 years
Spanish football discovered a phenomenal talent that season. Di Stéfano did not require any bedding in time, and instead delighted fans from the get go. He scored on his debut and on matchday seven enjoyed a fantastic game against Barcelona, in which he notched up a brace. The Real Madrid player could not stop finding the back of the net (27 goals in 28 games) and ended up receiving the Pichichi Award (the League's top goal scorer). In the match that decided the La Liga title against Valencia, Di Stéfano got a hat-trick during the 4-0 victory.

1954/55: Decisive in the crucial game against Atlético de Madrid
Real Madrid held onto the League title and once again Di Stéfano was a major factor in the team's success. He scored 25 goals, making him the team's top marksman. The Whites climbed to first position on matchday 10 and retained their title in the Madrid derby, a match in which Di Stéfano put on a masterful display by scoring two goals that helped his side to a 2-4 win.

1956/57: Kopa, a new world-class teammate
The on-the-pitch understanding the Frenchman and La Saeta Rubia shared would prove unstoppable for the rest of the teams in the Spanish First Division, which meant Real Madrid won La Liga yet again. Di Stéfano was given his third Pichichi Award, this time after registering an impressive 31 goals in just 30 games.

1957/58: A fourth La Liga title in five years
Santamaría was brought in to bolster the magnificent team's defence that season. Di Stéfano played every match, scoring 19 times and once again became the League's top goal scorer. That year's championship was very closely contested with Atlético de Madrid, and was only decided on the last day of the season against Zaragoza in the Bernabéu (2-1). With their sixth championship title, Madrid equaled Barcelona's record for most La Liga titles won.

1960/61: Success with plenty of time to spare
The Whites defeated their rivals with Di Stéfano looking inspired in front of goal, getting on the score board 21 times. On matchday 22, La Saeta put on a footballing master class in the Santiago Bernabéu by bagging four goals during a 5-0 win over Granada. So good was he that Madrid were proclaimed champions on matchday 25 of the campaign, after a 3-0 victory against Mallorca in the Bernabéu.

1961/62: La Liga and Copa del Rey Double
Madrid were forced to fight it out with Barcelona right until the last few matchdays of the season in order to lift the title. Just as was the case the year before, the decisive game was against Mallorca in the Santiago Bernabéu. Di Stéfano, who scored 11 goals that season, was up for the challenge and opened up the scoring. Del Sol would eventually make it 2-0. Di Stéfano also won the Copa del Rey that season.

1962/63: A great goals-per-game average
During this season, Di Stéfano played 13 games during which he racked up an extremely high goals-per-game average, breaching the oppositions' goalmouths on 12 occasions. Madrid ended up winning their ninth La Liga title.

1963/64: Farewell to the Bernabéu with another La Liga title under his arm
After changing Real Madrid's fortunes during his 11 years with the club, Di Stéfano said goodbye to the team with yet another La Liga title. During the dying minutes of the decisive match against Sevilla, he set up Puskas for the equaliser which would secure that Real Madrid were crowned champions yet again.
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