Don Alfredo Di Stefano, the biggest ever played a World

Don Alfredo Di Stefano, the biggest ever played a World
Di Stefano es sin duda uno de los mejores jugadores de la historia. PHOTOMONTAGE: Colgados
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The great Alfredo Di Stefano It was one of the best players in history. Carismático, with a single class and a huge nose for scoring goals, without him, football would not equal. Don Alfredo, the football world stepped forward in history.

born on 4 July 1926 in the great Buenos Aires, “Saeta Rubia the, nickname which is also known, inició sus primeros pasos con el balón en River Plate, where made debut 15 July 1945 in a match against Huracan, when he was only 19 years. That same year, and despite playing the only game, She helped him to score his first title: la Liga argentina.

Los inicios de Don Alfredo

Precisely, a Huracán iría cedido Of Stefano one year later. This year, sería el de despunte para the Saeta. More minutes on the field, achieved record 10 goals in 25 meetings, He is beginning to make flashes of his enormous quality and potential. Good performance that would allow him to return to River in 1947, where he would devote himself as a national figure. 27 many in 29 parties Don Alfredo allowed to achieve the league and win the trophy for top scorer. But above all fulfill a dream: wear the shirt of the Albiceleste, with which would get the America's Cup 1947 held in Ecuador.

Get a cup with a starring role, it achieved mark 6 goals in 6 encounters finishing second top scorer surpassed only by the Uruguayan Falero. Those six parties would be history by being the only ones who get to play with Don Alfredo Argentina, after the resignation of the albiceleste to the World 50 Y 54. Precisely, one of the great Di Stefano moles throughout his career was the fact he had never managed a World Cup.

Two years would pass Di Stefano at River Plate, until a terrible footballers playing in 1949 He ended the footballer saturating in the Millonarios of Bogota. Argentine football crisis caused a massive exodus of Argentine players outside their borders and Colombia was one of the destinations chosen by most.

In colombia, Di Stefano would endorse everything that had been offered in Argentina. Regattas, speed, arrival, pass, and goal, long shot. further, He would have the luck to have a good bunch of mates like Pedernera, Rossi, Baeza and Cozzi. This was going to cost to get three league titles and two top scorer in his three-year stay in the coffee country. But above all, impress the world with its displays.

El Ballet Azul y la polémica entre Madrid y Barcelona

So huge were those exhibitions, many European clubs were raffled the presence of this “Ballet Azul” (nickname which was known for his brilliant team game). In one of those brilliant demonstrations quality, Alfredo Di Stefano break football history forever.

The celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Real Madrid 30 March 1952 ,It represented an ideal way to show all the power of Millonarios and Saeta occasion. And Don Alfredo, I was not going to fail. In an exhibition game, football and goals, Colombians defeated Real Madrid by 2-4 Santiago Bernabeu before a surrender to the magic of a different player.

So impressive was his demonstration, one year later, during the dispute of the former Small Club World Cup, Santiago Bernabeu in person traveled to Colombia to take over its services. A negotiation that despite, It was not easy, because Barcelona had already reached an agreement with River Plate, club that had their rights but that did not play by that strike.

In fact, the Saeta llegó a vestir la camiseta azulgrana y jugar un partido amistoso con el club catalán frente al Vasco de Gama. Finally, and after the intervention of the Spanish Football Federation, in September 1953, Of Stefano fue confirmado como jugador del Real Madrid

La llegada de Di Stefano al Real Madrid tras su polémica con el Barça

The arrival of the Saeta Rubia changed the course of Spanish football and world. The Barcelona, clear dominator until the time, He saw the Real Madrid master of the League was made after 20 years of drought. League and Europe, because in the 10 years in the Merengues, Don Alfredo won eight league, 5 European Cups, a Copa Intercontinental en 1960 and one Copa del Generalissimo.

All this to achieve a brand 418 more goals 500 matches con la elástica blanca. Real Madrid, all the immense game Di Stefano would. verticality, clear, goalscorer, imagination and a lot of technique, Don Alfredo so that it was possible from seeing a hooky to an unlikely Dodge.

all, with a truly unique character that made the cover of more than one-sporting news. Anthologies were his phrases like ” football match without goals is like a Sunday sunless” O “I do not ask you to stop shots that go inside, but at least do not go outside those goals” O “score goals is like making love, everyone knows how it's done, but none does it better than I”.

Nacionalización y partidos con España

Ten years not only gave for much in the Real Madrid. In 1956, Alfredo nationalize Spanish which allowed him the opportunity to play with Spain. With the selection, despite becoming the top scorer in the history until the arrival of Butragueño( 23 goals in 31 matches), Of Stefano no lograría convertir el sueño de disputar un mundial en realidad. Elimination in qualifying in 1958, and an untimely injury before the World Cup 62, They deprive him of that fact.

Su secuestro en Caracas, uno de los peores momentos de su vida

Reseñable fue también su secuestro en 1963, por un grupo revolucionario venezolano durante la disputa del Mundial de Clubes en Caracas. 72 hours of hell and doubts about their status that eventually resulted in the release of the player. They were famous images of the Spanish-Argentine playing chess awaiting rescue.

After playing the last two years at Espanyol, in 1966, Don Alfredo put an end to his sporting life as a player. With the, it was one of the greatest footballers ever and gave way to a great coach. Many years later, He was named honorary president of the white club. A legend like Don Alfredo deserved no less.

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