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Football loses another great: Alfredo di Stéfano dies at 88

Alfredo Di Stéfano, the legendary Argentinian football player and honorary Real Madrid President, has passed away aged 88.

Argentina-born Di Stéfano had been kept in an induced coma at the Gregorio Marañón Hospital in Madrid, Spain after having been resuscitated on a Madrid street by paramedics following a heart attack on Saturday.

Di Stéfano, a diabetic, underwent a quadruple aorta-coronary bypass with a pacemaker implanted in December 2005 after suffering a myocardial infarction. He had also been hospitalised several times in recent years to monitor his heart condition and was often seen in a wheelchair in public.

According to reports in Spain, Di Stéfano was on a street close to the Bernabeu when he had the heart attack - a day after his 88th birthday. The hospital said the emergency services were able to stabilise him.

The news of his death was confirmed by Real on Monday.

A club statement read: "Real Madrid extends its condolences to madridistas all over the world and to those who feel the loss of the best player of all time."

Dubbed "La Saeta Rubia" ("The Blond Arrow") for his speed, Di Stefano helped Madrid win five straight European Cups from 1956-60, and eight Spanish league titles. He was voted European player of the year in 1957 and 1959.

He retired at the age of 40 in 1966, ending a 22-year playing career in which he had also represented Colombia and Spain at international level.

Tributes came in from several Spanish and international clubs and players all over the world following the news of his death.

Tags: death, sports / athletes - soccer / football

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