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Football: Fergie hails Di Stefano as one of the all-time greats

Published on Jul 8, 2014 6:19 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. Alex Ferguson lead the British tributes to Alfredo Di Stefano on Monday, describing the Real Madrid legend as one of the greatest players of all time. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Alex Ferguson lead the British tributes to Alfredo Di Stefano on Monday, describing the Real Madrid legend as one of the greatest players of all time.

Di Stefano died aged 88 after suffering a heart attack on Saturday and tributes immediately poured in from across the world of football, with former Manchester United manager Ferguson delivering an emotional remembrance of the striker.

Because Di Stefano, a two-time European Football of the Year in 1957 and 1959, played in the era before football was so widely televised, his brilliance has sometimes been forgotten, but Ferguson insists he deserves to be ranked alongside the likes of Pele, Diego Maradona and Johan Cruyff.

“The great question that always comes up is who are the greatest players,” Ferguson told Sky Sports News.

 
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