"I miss everybody, I miss being at Real Madrid, and hopefully, I’ll see them next season." (x)
David Beckham visited Real Madrid training session 25/07/14
James Rodriguez arrived to Sanitas Clinic for his medical Tuesday morning, a few hours before the pending announcement from Real Madrid of his transfer to the club. Real Madrid reportedly bought the player for 80 million and his contract is for six seasons, in which he will earn 7 million a season.
After signing his contract, he will then have his official presentation at the Bernabeu at either 19:00 or 20:00 Spain time. He will reportedly wear the #10 jersey, which has been not been used since Mesut Ozil’s departure last August. | 22-07-14
Real Madrid’s new German midifielder Toni Kroos poses with his new team’s jersey during his presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid July 17, 2014.
La primera mañana de Kroos como nuevo jugador del Real Madrid [The first morning of Kroos as new player of Real Madrid]
Germany - World Champions 2014!
“He could defend, he could attack, he could run, he could head the ball and use both right and left feet. He played all over the pitch. Alfredo Di Stéfano was the most complete player ever, something I have never seen anywhere else and I have seen a lot of players”
-Jose Santamaria, Real Madrid 1957-66
Its rare that a player gets to unveil his own statue more than 40 years after he last played for the club. But Alfredo Di Stefano is exactly that, a rare player. The absolute Godfather of Real Madrid and for many, the greatest player of all time. A man who won 5 consecutive European cups, 8 Spanish league titles with Real Madrid and has scored 216 goals in 282 appearances.
For many people that final between Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt in Glasgow 1960 was the best match in the history of football. A 7-3 win for Real Madrid. It was Real Madrid and Di Stefano’s finest hour. Slowly after that Real Madrid started to become among the greatest clubs around the world.
Sandro Mazzola an Inter Milan player who played against Real Madrid in the finals says "I remember being in the tunnel before the game, and it was badly lit but I saw that figure dressed all in white and i thought he was 2m tall. I saw him as a god of football, something incredible. So much so that before the game I stopped and stared at him, until my teammate Luis Suarez said to me ‘oye kid we’re going to play a football match, you’re just going to stare at Alfredo’ and that woke me up."
The abiding memory of Di Stefano will always be as a phenomenon player. So much so that Real Madrid would never have been the club they are today without his influence. His teammates and others around the world, think of him as the God of football.
Its no exaggeration to say that it was Di Stefano’s era that set the standards for the Madridistas. Now a days Real Madrid are one of the worlds biggest club but whenever there is a big footballing event in the Spanish capital, guess who’s there in the center? Alfredo Di Stefano. Football’s greatest.
"It has been said that my seven years with Real Madrid coincided with the club’s greatest period of success in its history. If I have played a part in that success, I have only repaid a group of wonderful employers and team-fellows. And my contribution is as nothing, beside the memorable moments, the rich colours that life as a Real Madrid player have provided me." — Alfredo di Stéfano (1926 - 2014) | ©