Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano dies aged 88

Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano passes away at the age of 88 after suffering a heart attack over the weekend.

Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano has died at the age of 88 after suffering a heart attack over the weekend.

Alfredo di Stefano poses with a football on June 12, 1956.© Getty Images

The former striker was taken ill on Saturday and had been in critical condition at the Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Maranon in Spain's capital.

Real said in a statement this afternoon that Di Stefano passed away at 5.15pm local time.

Widely considered one of the greatest ever footballers, Di Stefano scored 216 league goals in 282 appearances for Los Blancos.

He also scored in five successive European Cup finals when Real dominated the continent in the mid-to-late 1950s.

At international level, he represented three countries - Argentina, Colombia and Spain - netting 29 goals in 41 internationals, but never appearing at a World Cup.

Alfredo di Stefano poses with a football on June 12, 1956.
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