Spain mourned Real Madrid legend Alfredo di Stefano yesterday, paying homage to one of the world’s greatest footballers who inspired millions of fans during the isolation of the Franco era.
As Di Stefano’s body lay in state at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu, a day after the 88-year-old died in hospital following a heart attack, the press lavished praise on the man they called a “genius”, “legend” and “complete player”
Di Stefano had gone into a coma after suffering a heart attack on Saturday at a restaurant near Real’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
A hero of the all-conquering Real sides of the 1950s and 1960s, he died on Monday at the Gregorio Maranon hospital, Real Madrid said in a statement.
“He has left us, but his legend will live forever,” Real Madrid chairman Florentino Perez told a news conference on Monday evening.
Yesterday, the leading sports daily, Marca, left its cover almost entirely white, except for a small black-and-white photograph showing the back of a departing Di Stefano wearing his number 9 shirt, his hand waving high in the air as if saying farewell, and his dates of birth and death.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor