According to many football experts and fans, Alfredo Di Stefano is the greatest player in the history of football. Of course, fans of talent Pele and Maradona are extremely disagree with this, but even they recognize the fact that Alfredo was a forward of the highest class. This player literally dominated European football in the middle of the 20th century; he made a huge contribution to the development of this sport.
Di Stefano became famous not only for bringing Real Madrid to five consecutive victories in the most prestigious Champions Cup tournament at that time, but also for his style of play. He could perfectly combine his individual skill with the ability to rally the whole team and make it play according to a certain scenario.
Childhood and adolescence Di Stefano
The future footballer was born in 1926 in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. Since childhood, Alfredo was very active, he spent all his free time on the street playing football with his peers. Even then, he almost always was a striker and inspired his team to win.
He had a special originality that helped him to stand out among his peers. Alfredo Di Stefano was a bright guy, and he was soon noticed by representatives of one of the football teams. Thus began the career of one of the greatest football players in the world.
The first steps in football. Career to Real
His journey began in his native Argentina, at the River Plate Club. Di Stefano made his debut in early 1950 precisely as part of one of the country's most famous teams. Alfredo was very fond of football, and in training he gave all his strength. He was engaged constantly, and this contributed to improving 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 the same year, Argentine club relations with players deteriorated sharply, and Di Stefano took part in the first football strike. Then many football players left for Colombia in protest, and Alfredo, already recognized by that time, was no exception. In Colombia, for three years, Alfredo Di Stefano played in the richest club in Latin America at the time, Millionaris. The biography of a football player before hitting Real Madrid ends there.
Time spent in “Real”
In 1953, the future legend of Madrid joined the team. At that time he was 27 years old, not the youngest age for the attacker. However, the desire to win and the love of the game made him the greatest player in the history of the club. He showed his commitment immediately after arriving in Madrid. The train arrived at 10:30, and already at 15:30 Alfredo was on the football field in the form of a new team.
On September 23, 1953, he played his first match in a Real shirt and was able to excel. Although he himself admitted his debut was unsuccessful, despite the goal being scored. The Madrid Bernabeu boss wanted to make an ideal team, and Di Stefano was assigned the role of leader. Before his arrival, “Real” 21 years did not win the championship, and the Champions Cup did not exist then. Before the 7th round of his first championship in Spain, Di Stefano Alfredo manages to score 4 goals, but still does not play to the maximum of opportunities.
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 great contribution to the history of "Real" in honor of Alfredo was named the stadium. In 2006, built a new football field, which is a game for the "Castilla" - double "Real". Stadium “Alfredo Di Stefano” is also a training base for the first team.
Characteristics of a football player
Di Stefano was a collectively perfect forward. He combined the most important qualities: speed, technique, football intelligence, field vision, leadership. However, it is impossible to call this player modest. Alfredo himself loved to play in Europe, he said that in Real Madrid, he had found what he had always dreamed of - the opportunity to play tactical football.
The game of Madrid at that time was different football mind, where every action was part of the plan. In many ways, this was made possible by the Argentine forward. Di Stefano - one of those players who played for two national teams. In addition to Argentina, in which he played six times at the World Championships, he played for Spain, but also did not succeed.
The innovation of this player was that he moved across the field. Before him, no forward had come back to help the defense. Di Stefano modestly called himself "a dispatcher with a large range of activities." Although the word "big" is not quite appropriate here. His range was simply huge, he could be present on all parts of the field, and often started the attack team.
Alfredo Di Stefano played "total football" when such a term did not exist. His follower, the great football player Johann Cruyff, called himself merely a diligent student of Di Stefano.
Alfredo won in the “Real” 8 times in the national championship. In addition, he was able with Madrid to achieve a unique achievement - to win the European Cup five times in a row. In these tournaments, he repeatedly became the top scorer. Alfredo was twice the owner 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 his game live told their children and grandchildren that Di Stefano is the best football player. A huge number of people came to watch it, and the Santiago Bernabéu stadium was forced to expand the number of seats to 100,000.
After football career, he became a coach. From the achievements of Di Stefano on the coaching bridge can be distinguished victory “Valencia” in the championship of Spain in 1971.