Soccer legend Alfredo Di Stefano dead at 88

Nikko Villanueva – 4E Sports Contributor

Madrid, Spain (4E Sports) – After suffering a heart attack on a celebration for his 88th birthday and falling into a coma, legendary player and coach Alfredo Di Stefano died.

According to ESPN, Real Madrid confirmed Di Stefano’s death through a statment.

“Real Madrid CF announces that its honorary president, Alfredo Di Stefano, has died today at 5.15 p.m. at the Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Maranon in Madrid.”

Di Stefano will be forever remembered as one of the greatest forwards to play for Real Madrid.

Di Stefano won Eight La Liga titles with Madrid and scored 308 goals in 396 games.

The Ballon d’Or winner in 1957 and 1959 also lead Real Madrid to five successful European Cup trophies.

Former teammate, the late Ferenc Puskas, appreciated how Di Stefano played the game.

“He saw things others didn’t see. He knew the game back to front,” Puskas said.

In 1966, Di Stefano decided to retire at 40.

After his playing career, Di Stefano coached eight teams including Valencia and Madrid.

He became the honorary president for Madrid since 2002.

Cristiano Ronaldo expressed his gratitude to the soccer legend and the man he considered his “maestro.”

“Don Alfredo leaves us, but his memory will last forever in our hearts. Legends never die. Thanks for everything Maestro. #EternoAlfredo”.

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