Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo has led a flood of tributes to club legend Alfredo Di Stefano, who has passed away.
The 88-year-old went into a coma after suffering a serious heart attack at the weekend and lost his fight for life earlier today.
During an astonishing career the Argentina stalwart won five European Cups and two Ballon d’Ors, ensuring his name will live on among the true greats of the game.
Ronaldo took to social media site Twitter to share his grief with his followers, saying: “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. #EternoAlfredo.”
Di Stefano’s compatriots Pablo Zabaleta and Gonzalo Higuain, both of whom are preparing for Wednesday night’s World Cup semi-final showdown with Holland, also used the website to pay tribute to their fellow countryman.
Manchester City full-back Zabaleta said: “I did not see Di Stefano play, but certainly the football world is in mourning. RIP.”
Napoli forward Higuain said his thoughts were with the pensioner’s family, describing him as a great before adding: “Thanks for everything.”
Argentina must now attempt to lift the most famous trophy in world football in honour of one of the finest talents the country ever produced.