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SBD Global/July 8, 2014/People and Pop Culture
Football World Pays Homage To Real Madrid Legend Alfredo Di Stefano
Published July 8, 2014
TRIBUTES POUR IN: ESPN's Dermot Corrigan wrote Di Stefano was "one of the greatest players of the 20th century, and an outstanding personality in the history of one of the world's biggest clubs." The Spanish FA, Argentine FA, Barcelona and "many other clubs also issued statements of condolence." Real Madrid said on its official website that FIFA President SEPP BLATTER and UEFA President MICHEL PLATINI had contacted Real President FLORENTINO PEREZ over the weekend to "pass on their support and concern after Di Stefano fell into a coma." Spain coach VICENTE DEL BOSQUE said, "I had him as a coach in my last stage as a player, I knew him well so of course I am so sorry for the loss. Of course I send my best wishes to his family and his circle and also to all madridismo, for whom it is such a sad day." CRISTIANO RONALDO tweeted, "Don Alfredo leaves us, but his memory will last forever in our hearts. Legends never die. Thanks for everything Maestro. #EternoAlfredo." (ESPN, 7/7). AS reported many "well-known figures" from Real Madrid and the world of football "have paid homage to Di Stefano via Twitter."
La Liga side Espanyol's ÁLEX FERNÁNDEZ: "DEP Don Alfredo Di Stefano...mucho animo a familiares y amigos, se va una leyenda..." ("RIP Don Alfredo Di Stefano, a lot of encouragement to family and friends, a legend leaves").
Real Madrid basketball player NIKOLA MIROTIC: "Adiós, Don Alfredo. Leyenda blanca hasta la eternidad. Descansa en paz." ("Goodbye, Don Alfredo. White [Real] legend forever. Rest in peace").
The Argentine national team: "Murió Alfredo Di Stéfano, una gloria del fútbol mundial." ("Alfredo Di Stéfano, a delight of world football, died") (AS, 7/7).