Zee Media Bureau/Dattaraj Thaly
New Delhi: Real Madrid and world football legend, Alfredo Di Stefano passed away in Madrid after having suffered a heart attack two days back. The club confirmed the tragic news though their official Twitter account.
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) July 7, 2014
De Stefano was the face of Real Madrid in the 1950s and 60s, helping them win five consecutive European Cups between 1956-60. The Argentine scored 305 goals for Los Blancos in his 392 appearances. He along with Ferenc Puskas, were the most feared striking partnerships of their generation.
Football personalities from across the globe poured in their tributes for the legend as soon as new of his demise was confirmed.
FIFA boss Sepp Blatter said Di Stefano was the best player he had ever seen.
Sad to learn of Di Stefano’s passing, the most complete player I’ve seen. My favourite player. A legend is gone. RIP pic.twitter.com/DilI05SyEI
— Joseph S Blatter (@SeppBlatter) July 7, 2014
Cristiano Ronaldo posted a poignant picture of Di Stefano and him.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) July 7, 2014
Gary Lineker pointed out to the Argentinian’s incredible record of scoring in five consecutive European Cup finals.
Alfredo Di Stefano has died. One of the greatest players ever. Scored in 5 successive European Cup finals. A feat never to be matched. #RIP
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 7, 2014
Sergio Ramos, like his teammate Ronaldo, shared a touching photo with the great man.
RIP Sir Alfredo Di Stefano. I will never forget each of the shared moments with such a football legend. pic.twitter.com/J4FFcXM9ph
— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) July 7, 2014
Mesut Ozil, being a former Real Madrid player, also paid his respects to Di Stefano.
R.I.P. Alfredo Di Stéfano
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) July 7, 2014
Di Stefano was troubled by health issues in the recent past and was even fitted with a pacemaker after his heart surgery in 2005. Real Madrid`s president, Florentino Perez is expected to address a press conference at the Santiago Bernabeu later in the day.