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12:00 AM, February 18, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 18, 2008

Di Stefano honoured

Real Madrid's legendary striker Alfredo di Stefano was honoured by the Spanish giants and European football's governing body UEFA on Sunday.
At the Bernabeu stadium, the 81-year-old Di Stefano received a trophy from UEFA president Michel Platini who described him as "a great among greats."
Then Di Stefano - honorary president of the club - witnessed the unveiling of a statue of him at Real's training centre at Valdebabas in the suburbs of Madrid.
The statue - whose unveiling was also witnessed by FIFA president Sepp Blatter as well as other footballing greats Eusebio, Raymond Kopa and Just Fontaine - captured a moment when he scored a goal against Hungarian side Vasas in April 1958.
Di Stefano, nicknamed the 'blond dart' and who became a Spanish citizen in 1956, played for 'the meringues' from 1953-63 after beginning his career with Argentinian outfit River Plate.
Di Stefano was capped 31 times by his adopted country and scored 49 goals in the European Cup for Real, a spell that saw them win European club football's most prestigious trophy five times.
He was twice named European Footballer of the Year in 1957 and 1959, won the Spanish title eight times and was five times top scorer in the domestic league.

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