According to many football experts and fans Alfredo Di Stefano is the greatest player in the history of football. Of course, admirers of the talent of Pele and Maradona are extremely dissatisfied with this, but even they recognize the fact that Alfredo was a top-class forward. This player literally dominated European football in the middle of the XX century, he made a huge contribution to the development of this sport.
He became famous for Di Stefano not only because he brought Real Madrid to five successive victories in the most prestigious tournament of the Champions Cup at that time, but also with his style of play. He could perfectly combine his individual skills with the ability to rally the whole team and make her play in a certain scenario.
Childhood and youth Di Stefano
The future footballer was born in 1926 in the capital of Argentina Buenos Aires. Since childhood, Alfredo was active, all the free time he spent on the street, playing football with peers. Even then, he almost always was an attacker and inspired his team to win.
He had a special originality, which helped him to stand out among 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 Madrid
His path began in his native Argentina, in the club "River Plate." He debuted Di Stefano in the beginning of 1950 as part of one of the most famous teams in the country. Alfredo was very fond of football, and in training he gave all his strength. He was engaged constantly, and it promoted improvement of quality of its game. It was thanks to Di Stefano that 1950 became one of the best for the Argentine club.
However, not everything went smoothly, at the end of the same year the Argentine clubs' relations with the players were badly spoiled, and Di Stefano took part in the first football strike. Then many players went to Colombia in protest, and Alfredo, who had already been recognized by that time, was no exception. In Colombia for three years in the richest club of Latin America at that time, "Milonaris" acted Alfredo Di Stefano. Biography of a football player before getting into Madrid "Real" ends here.
Time spent in the "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 football player in the history of the club. He showed his dedication 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.
September 23, 1953, he played his first match in the T-shirt "Real" and was able to excel. Although he himself admitted his debut unsuccessful, despite the score in the ball. The boss of Madrid Bernabeu dreamed of making an ideal team, and Di Stefano was given the role of leader. Prior to his arrival, "Real" 21 years did not win the championship, and the Cup of Champions then did not exist. Before the 7th round of his first championship in Spain, Di Stefano Alfredo manages to score 4 goals, but still does not play for maximum 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 huge contribution to the history of "Real" in honor of Alfredo was called the stadium. In 2006, a new football field was built, which is a playground for Castilla - the double of Real Madrid. The stadium "Alfredo Di Stefano" is also a training base for the first team.
Characteristics of the player
Di Stefano was a collective image of an ideal forward. He combined the most important qualities: speed, technique, football intelligence, vision of the field, leadership. However, this football player can not be called modest. Alfredo really liked to play in Europe, he said that in "Real" got what he always dreamed about - the opportunity to play tactical football.
The Madrid game of that time was distinguished by a 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 consisted of six times performing at the World Cup, he played for Spain, but also failed to achieve success.
The innovation of this player was that he moved around the whole field. Before him, no forward did not come back to help the defense. Di Stefano called himself modestly "a dispatcher with a wide range of activities." Although the word "big" here is not entirely appropriate. His range was simply huge, he could be present at all parts of the field, and often started the attack team.
Alfredo Di Stefano played in "total football", when such a term did not exist yet. His follower, the great football player Johann Cruyff, called himself just a diligent student of Di Stefano.
Alfredo won in the "Real" 8 times in the national championship. In addition, he was able to achieve a unique achievement with Madrid - winning 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 was the best football player. He was visited by a huge number of people, and the stadium "Santiago Bernabeu" was forced to expand the number of seats to 100,000.
After a football career, he became a coach. From the achievements of Di Stefano on the coaching bridge, you can distinguish the victory of "Valencia" in the championship of Spain in 1971.