WITH regard to the often stated belief that Lionel Messi cannot be regarded as a true football great until he wins a World Cup, I was told the brilliant Alfredo di Stefano
did not even play in a finals tournament.
Alfredo Di Stefano
leads out the Rest Of The World Team, 1963
The Argentine striker scored 37 goals in league action last season to earn his fourth Pichichi award for most goals in La Liga and his fifth Alfredo Di Stefano
trophy for best player.
This is the fifth time that Messi wins the Alfredo Di Stefano
Award as the best player in La Liga, as the most player crowned the award, which reached the 10th edition.
Only three other players have featured in more: Paolo Maldini, Paco Gento (both 8), and Alfredo Di Stefano
But the 31-year-old departed the scene 90 minutes later having overtaken both Santillana and the legendary Alfredo Di Stefano
, to claim another record for his own.
Also on my list are Alfredo Di Stefano
, Ferenc Puskas, Pele, Eusebio, Franz Beckenbauer, Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane and Lionel Messi.
But in the all-time pantheon they're behind Johan Cruyff (above), Diego Maradona, Pele, Alfredo Di Stefano
and George Best.
POR encima del mitico Alfredo Di Stefano
, superando al mismisimo Raul, Cristiano Ronaldo es el maximo goleador en la historia del Real Madrid, con 324 goles.
The Portugal forward's impressive haul saw him move ahead of both Alfredo di Stefano
and Raul in one afternoon, to amass a total of 229 goals in 203 matches - one more than Raul, who needed 550 games to reach his tally.
Cambiasso has at club level become the most decorated player in Argentinian history, even winning more honours than Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano
, over an illustrious career spanning 17 years.
The Portugal superstar's treble saw him go clear of Telmo T Zarra and Alfredo di Stefano
for the most Primera Division hat-tricks, while also taking him to 23 goals in just 14 league games this season.