An FC Barcelona delegation led by President Josep Maria Bartomeu travelled to this Tuesday to Madrid to attend Alfredo di Stéfano’s memorial, located on the Santiago Bernabéu’s Presidential stand. FC Barcelona bid farewell to the former Argentina player and honorary president of Real Madrid and expressed the Club's deepest condolences to Di Stéfano’s family, Real Madrid President Florentino Pérez and Real Madrid.
Bartomeu was accompanied by Vice-President Carles Vilarrubí, director Susana Monje, Board adviser and former Barça player Josep Maria Fusté and the director of Institutional Sporting Relations Albert Soler.
The FC Barcelona president publicly shared his sorrow and condolences with Alfredo di Stéfano’s family and Real Madrid through statements made to the club’s press department. “Despite the rivalry that exists between our two clubs, when something like this happens we must think about people and the sport,” said Bartomeu.
His way of playing changed the way we watched football. Many of the things that happen today are the legacy of Don Alfredo
Bartomeu added that Di Stéfano was “a universal figure, he represented so much more than just football. He was one of the greatest footballers to have ever existed.” He continued: “His way of playing changed the way we watched football. Many of the things that happen today are the legacy of Don Alfredo.”
Alfredo di Stéfano passed away this Monday at the age of 88 due to cardiac arrest. The Argentinian played for Real Madrid from 1953 to 1964, and he’s considered to be one of the best players to ever play the sport.
In addition to the Real Madrid directors and fans, the memorial was attended by former players, general fans of sport, journalists, and representatives of other clubs.