According to many football experts and fans Alfredo Di Stefano is the greatest player in the history of football. Of course, fans of the talent of Pele and Maradona, it was the dissenters, but even they recognize the fact that Alfredo was a striker of the highest class. This player literally dominated European football in the mid-twentieth century, it has made a huge contribution to the development of this sport.
Famous for Di Stefano, not only what has led real Madrid to five consecutive victories in the most prestigious at that time the tournament the Cup of Champions, but his style of play. He is perfectly able to combine their individual skills with the ability to rally the team and make it play in a specific scenario.
Childhood and adolescence Di Stefano
The future footballer was born in 1926 in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires. Since childhood, he was distinguished for activity, all the free time he spent on the street playing football with his peers. Even then he almost always was a striker and inspired his team to win.
He possessed great originality, which helped him stand out among peers. Alfredo Di Stefano was a bright guy, and he was soon noticed by the representatives of one of the football teams. Thus began the career of one of the greatest players in the world.
First steps in football. Career to the real
His journey began in his native Argentina in the club "river plate". Debuted Di Stefano in the early 1950s as part of one of the most famous teams in the country. Alfredo loved football, and were given it their all. He was engaged in constantly, and this contributed to the improvement of the quality of his game. Thanks to Di Stefano 1950 was for the Argentine club, one of the best.
However, not everything went smoothly at the end of that year relations of the Argentine clubs with players rapidly deteriorated, and Di Stefano participated in the first football strike. Then many players, in protest, went to Colombia, and Alfredo, already recognized by that time, was no exception. In Colombia for three years at the richest club in Latin America at that time "Millionares" were Alfredo Di Stefano. Biography of the football player before getting into the real Madrid ends.
The time spent in the "Real world"
In 1953, the future legend of Madrid joined the team. At the time he was 27 years old, not the youngest age for a striker. However, the desire to win and passion for the game made him the greatest player in the club's history. Their dedication he showed immediately after his arrival in Madrid. The train arrived at 10:30 and already 15:30 Alfredo was on the football field to form the new team.
23 September 1953 he played his first match in the shirt of real Madrid and could be different. Although he admitted his debut failed, despite the goal. The boss of Madrid, Madrid wanted to make a perfect team, but Di Stefano was given the role of leader. Before his arrival, real Madrid 21 year won the championship, and the Champions Cup didn't exist yet. To 7 their first tour of the championship of Spain Di Stefano Alfredo manages to score 4 goals, but still not playing to maximum capacity.
The tipping point
Of course, the recognition of the Madrid fans, Di Stefano received after the first match against Barcelona. In his first "El Classico" striker scored a hat-trick and real Madrid eventually won 5-0. After the match began to talk about it in all the world, fans praised it. Alfredo Di Stefano was the beginning of a new era of real Madrid, which lasted for 50 years. In addition, this segment is considered the best in the history of football, real Madrid of that time recognized as the strongest team in the world. This is largely due to Di Stefano.
For his enormous contribution to the history of the "real" in honor of Alfredo was named the stadium. In 2006 he built a new football field, which is a game for "Castilla" – double "real". Stadium “Alfredo Di Stefano” is also the training base for the first team.
Di Stefano was a collective image of the perfect striker. It combines the most important qualities: speed, technique, football intelligence, vision, leadership. However modest this player can not be named. Most Alfredo liked to play in Europe, he said that in the "Real world" found what you've always dreamed of – the ability to play tactical football.
The game of Madrid of that time was distinguished football mind, where every action was part of the plan. In many respects it became possible thanks to the Argentine striker. Di Stefano is one of those players who played for two national teams. In addition to Argentina, which made six in the world Cup, he played for Spain, but also have not achieved success.
The innovation of this player was considered the fact that he moved all over the field. Before him, neither forward not back to help the defense. Di Stefano called himself modestly "Manager with a large range of actions." Although the word "big" is not quite appropriate. His range was huge, he could be all over the pitch, and often started the attack team.
Alfredo Di Stefano played "total football" when such a term did not exist. His successor, the great footballer Johann Cruyff, he called himself only a good student Di Stefano.
Alfredo won the "real" 8 times in the championship. In addition, he was able to Madrid to achieve a unique achievement – 5 times in a row to win the European Cup. In these tournaments he was the top scorer. Alfredo was twice winner of the "Golden ball" (1957, 1959).
In addition, the only player in football history who won the award, which has no analogues, was Alfredo Di Stefano. "Super Golden Ball" – prize, which was awarded best of winners the "Golden Ball" for the period from its founding to 1989. For all the merits of Di Stefano he was the winner of that trophy.
People who watched him play live, were told their children and grandchildren that Di Stefano is the best player. He was here to watch a huge number of people and the stadium "Santiago Bernabeu" was forced to expand the number of places to 100 000.
After his football career he became a coach. Of the achievements of Di Stefano to the coaching staff it is possible to allocate a victory "Valencia" in the championship of Spain in 1971.