Di Stefano funeral held in Madrid

The great former Real Madrid forward, who passed away on Monday at the age of 88 following a heart attack, was honoured at the Almudena cemetery in Spain's capital
The funeral of Alfredo Di Stefano took place on Wednesday at La Almudena cemetery in Madrid.

Di Stefano, widely regarded as one of the greatest players the game has seen, died at the age of 88 on Monday following a heart attack.

The Argentine enjoyed an 11-year spell at Madrid, in which he helped the club win the European Cup five years in a row from 1956 to 1960, as well as eight Spanish titles.

And a ceremony was held in his honour at the Santiago Bernabeu, with the former player and honorary president's coffin being carried through the stadium.

"After the long goodbye to Alfredo Di Stefano at the public viewing in the Santiago Bernabeu, fans have said their final farewells," read a statement on the club's official website.

"They gave him an ovation as he left through the president's box gate. The coffin was then taken to La Almudena cemetery in Madrid for the funeral, where [president] Florentino Perez and the board of directors accompanied the family of the greatest player in history."

A two-time European footballer of the year, Di Stefano scored more than 300 times in almost 400 competitive appearances for Real, with fans, former players and club officials among those leading the tributes.

Perez visited the public viewing of Di Stefano's coffin on Tuesday along with first-team players Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal and long-serving goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

"The Bernabeu was his factory, his home and his sacred ground. It is here we will pay him the tribute he deserves," Perez told AS.