Alfredo Di Stéfano

Two years without Alfredo Di Stéfano


NEWS | 07/07/2016

The greatest player of all time died on the 7th July 2014.
Two years ago today, madridismo suffered the loss of a legend who changed history. Alfredo Di Stéfano died on the 7th July 2014 at the age of 88, at the Gregorio Marañón General Hospital, Madrid. He had been taken in two days prior due to a cardiac arrest.

La Saeta Rubia (the blond arrow) played for Real Madrid from 1953 to 1964, starting a glorious career which would result in winning five European Cups in a row, one Intercontinental cup, two Latin Cups, eight league titles, one Spanish Cup and one Pequeña Copa del Mundo. With Alfredo Di Stéfano in its ranks, Real Madrid became the best team in the world.

In his 11 seasons with the Whites he played 396 games and scored 308 official goals. His performances as a madridista were also rewarded with individual prizes, as he won the Ballon d'Or and the Super Ballon d'Or, which the magazine France Football awarded him in 1989 for his spectacular career. He is the only player to have won this trophy. He also won the Pichichi award on 5 occasions.

Manager and Honorary President
Di Stéfano was born on the 4th July 1926 in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and his journey as a madridista also saw him take charge of the team as manager. As manager he won the Spanish Super Cup and brought through the players known as the Quinta del Buitre (Vulture's Cohort). His legendary career as a madridista led to him being made Honorary Club President. Furthermore, the stadium at Real Madrid City where Castilla play their home games carries his name.