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ALFREDO DI STEFANO

Alfredo Stéfano Di Stéfano Laulhé was born 4 July 1926 in Barracas (Buenos Aires) and born into a family of Italian immigrants from Capri. He was a former Argentinian footballer and coach, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. His name is most associated with Real Madrid and he was the key for the dominion of the Real Madrid in the European Champions' Cup during the 1950s,(the spanish team won the trophy in five consecutive seasons from 1956). Di Stéfano played international football mostly for Spain, but he also played for Argentina and Colombia.

Di Stéfano, nicknamed "Saeta rubia" ("blond arrow"), was a powerful forward with great stamina, tactical versatility, and vision, who could also play almost anywhere on the pitch. He is currently the 4th highest scorer in the history of Spain's top division, and Real Madrid's 2nd highest league goalscorer of all time, with 216 goals in 282 league matches between 1953 and 1964.

He was named by Pelé as one of the "top 125 greatest living footballers" in March 2004 and in September 2009 he said Di Stéfano was the best player "ever". Di Stéfano was voted fourth, behind Pelé, Diego Maradona, and Johan Cruyff, in a vote organized by the French weekly magazine France Football consulting their former Ballon d'Or winners to elect the Football Player of the Century.

Former players such as Pelé, Eusébio, Luis Suárez, Sandro Mazzola and John Charles described Di Stefano as "the most complete footballer in the history of the game".

One of his famous sentence was: " a match without a goal is like an afternoon without the sun". he was one of the best player of all the times and he scored more than 800 goals. His old Real madrid coach was used to say "with him on the pitch it's like to have two players for every zone."

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