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Its rare that a player gets to unveil his own statue more than 40 years after he last played for the club. But Alfredo Di Stefano is exactly that, a rare player. The absolute Godfather of Real Madrid and for many, the greatest player of all time. A man who won 5 consecutive European cups, 8 Spanish league titles with Real Madrid and has scored 216 goals in 282 appearances.
For many people that final between Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt in Glasgow 1960 was the best match in the history of football. A 7-3 win for Real Madrid. It was Real Madrid and Di Stefano’s finest hour. Slowly after that Real Madrid started to become among the greatest clubs around the world.
Sandro Mazzola an Inter Milan player who played against Real Madrid in the finals says "I remember being in the tunnel before the game, and it was badly lit but I saw that figure dressed all in white and i thought he was 2m tall. I saw him as a god of football, something incredible. So much so that before the game I stopped and stared at him, until my teammate Luis Suarez said to me ‘oye kid we’re going to play a football match, you’re just going to stare at Alfredo’ and that woke me up."
The abiding memory of Di Stefano will always be as a phenomenon player. So much so that Real Madrid would never have been the club they are today without his influence. His teammates and others around the world, think of him as the God of football.
Its no exaggeration to say that it was Di Stefano’s era that set the standards for the Madridistas. Now a days Real Madrid are one of the worlds biggest club but whenever there is a big footballing event in the Spanish capital, guess who’s there in the center? Alfredo Di Stefano. Football’s greatest.
"Every player makes mistakes, but every player does not need to repeat those mistakes. With will and hard work, almost anything can be achieved in football. It is fatal to sit back, and be proud of our strengths; it is professional, and wise, to constantly bend ourselves to our shortcomings.
Players are too often judged by their mistakes rather than their successes; but it is up to them to correct those mistakes, and so better themselves in the general opinion. Whatever a player’s class, he is never master of everything.
Even at my age, I continue to experiment with new moves every day - a new, more difficult method of passing a ball, an original trick in shooting. It prevents me from getting bored, and improves my game.
There is always something to learn. A player who thinks otherwise, and ceases to take care of himself, will never remain a star, even should he have become one. One has to work, work and work.” — Alfredo Di Stéfano (1926 - 2014) | ©