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Football: Di Stefano, architect of Real Madrid legend, dies aged 88

Published on Jul 8, 2014 12:01 AM
Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano delivers a speech after receiving a special president's award during his tribute at Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium in this February 17, 2008 file photo. The former Real Madrid forward, one of the greatest footballers of all time, has died in the Spanish capital two days after suffering a heart attack. The club said in a statement that he passed away at the Gregorio Maranon hospital at 1515 GMT on July 7, 2014. He was 88. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MADRID (REUTERS) - Former Real Madrid football star Alfredo di Stefano, 88, has died in a Madrid hospital two days after suffering a heart attack, Spanish newspapers reported on Monday.

Argentina-born di Stefano, who helped turn Real Madrid into a leading side in the 1950s and is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, was taken to the intensive care unit of the Gregorio Maranon hospital on Saturday.

He had suffered an 18-minute respiratory arrest, emergency services sources said.

El Pais and El Mundo newspapers reported di Stefano's death. Real and the Gregorio Maranon hospital could not immediately be reached for comment.