Real Madrid players lead by Cristiano Ronaldo have paid tribute to Alfredo di Stefano after the Los Blancos legend died at the age of 88.
The news broke yesterday afternoon that the former striker, and honorary president of the club, has passed away two days after suffering a heart attack in the Spanish capital.
Immediately, tributes came pouring in from across the football world, and many of the current squad expressed their sadness at the news of di Stefano’s death.
On social networking site, Twitter, Cristiano Ronaldo said: “It’s a very sad day. For me, for all the madridistas, for the world of football. Don Alfredo leaves us, but his memory will last forever in our hearts. Legends never die. Thanks for everything Maestro.”
Gareth Bale, who signed for the club last summer in a 91-million-euro deal, said the di Stefano was one of his main inspirations and reasons for joining the illustrious club.
“Sadly another great leaves us. Don Alfredo was an inspiration to me, his spirit and memory will always be with us. Rest in peace,” he stated.
Defender Sergio Ramos also paid tribute to the man who won five European Cups and eight La Liga title in his time at the club. “RIP Sir Alfredo Di Stefano. I will never forget each of the shared moments with such a football legend,” the Spain international said.
And in Brazil, where he is preparing for the World Cup semi-final, left back Marcelo said Real Madrid’s legendary status in world football started with di Stefano and his memory would always live long.