Alfredo Di Stéfano – A Career in Quotes

ArgentinaRIP Don Alfredo, the total, total-footballer. We’ll leave the words to those who knew him best – the stars who played with him, played against him or were privileged enough just to watch him in action.

Brazil 1958-2“He was simultaneously the anchor in defence, the playmaker in midfield and the most dangerous marksman in attack.” Helenio Herrera

“I really don’t know if I was better than Pelé, but I do know that Di Stefano was better than Pelé. The mere mention of Don Alfredo fills me with pride.” Diego Maradona


River Plate, 1947“To list Real Madrid’s team is to chronicle greatness. And the greatest of all, the undisputed leader of the side was Di Stefano – a great among greats.” Michel Platini

“He was my favourite player and what I most loved about Di Stefano was everything he did he did for the team.” Johan Cruyff

Di Stefano, Kopa & Bernabeu, 1956“Di Stefano turned still photographs into the cinema” Arrigo Sacchi


“He made Spain Madridista. And he it was who carried Real Madrid across borders” Ramon Calderon


Di Stefano & Puskas, Hampden 1960“The history of Madrid starts with him; his arrival was the beginning of Madrid’s legend.” Emilio Butragueno

“For children of the 1950s, Di Stefano was above all a victorious sound on the radio, his name echoed round like a heartbeat associated with some success or other, transporting us to the Parque des Princes, San Siro or Hampden Park.” Alfredo Relano, editor of AS

Di Stefano's European Cups“He had it all, he was quick, technically-gifted, good in the air, a goalscorer, an organiser and a respected leader.” Juste Fontaine

“If Pelé was the lead violinist, Di Stefano was the entire orchestra.” Helenio Herrera again

Di Stefano & Gento“He brought to Europe a tango made of perfect technique and terrifying acceleration.” Michel Platini again

“He totally controlled the game. You looked at him and asked yourself: ‘how can I possibly stop him?” Bobby Charlton

Di Stefano, Hampden 1960


“He was the brainiest player I ever saw and he oozed effort and courage. He was an inspiring leader and the perfect example to others.Bobby Charlton again

“Swapping shirts with Di Stefano was the greatest satisfaction of my life.” Eusebio



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