Argentina legend Diego Maradona has named late Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano as the greatest footballer ever ahead of the likes of Pele, compatriot Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Maradona made the claim while speaking in an interview with AS Argentina.
Di Stefano was born in Buenos Aires in 1926 and passed away in 2014 at the age of 88 years.
He played for Madrid from 1953 to 1964, scoring 216 in 282 appearances.
The two-time Ballon d’Or winner won eight Laliga titles, five European Cup (now Champions League) one Copa del Rey and one Intercontinental Cup (defunct).
And speaking on Di Stefano as the greatest player ever, Maradona said: “I think the best was Di Stefano.
“He was superior to everyone, including me. Pele did not want to recognize Di Stefano. Pele’s friends invented a trophy for him as the living legend of football. But even I have beaten him to become one of the best players in history.”
When asked how many Ballon d’Or awards he thinks he would have won had he still been playing, Maradona replied: “I think I would have had many. But Messi’s record would still remain superior to mine.”