Exhibition open 16 to 24 September, 10am to 5pm
Auctions take place live and online: 22, 23 and 24 September
Over 600 historic sports artifacts from the life and career of Alfredo Di Stéfano, one of the greatest footballers of all time and the number four ranking “Player of the Century” on France Football’s storied list that includes immortals of the game, Pelé and Diego Maradona, will be presented in the two-day auction event.
The Argentine-born professional footballer and coach began his career in 1943 at the age of 17 at Argentina’s River Plate and later played at Club Atlético Huracàn and Colombia’s Milonarios of Bogotà, where he won six league titles during the first 12 years of his career. But it was his signing in 1953 and transfer to Spain’s Real Madrid, where he would dominate the sport and become an international superstar. Nicknamed as the “Saeta Rubia” ("Blond Arrow"), for his power, skill and creativity as a forward on the field, Di Stéfano led Real Madrid to victory in the European Cup and La Liga throughout the 1950s and helped build one of the most successful team dynasties of all time. He led the club to eight Spanish League titles and five European Cup Championships, where along with Francisco Gento and José Maria Zárraga, was one of only three players instrumental in all five victories, scoring a goal in all five finals.
“Julien’s Auctions is proud to offer this spectacular collection of historical objects owned by one of the most revered and iconic footballers that ever played, Alfredo Di Stéfano,” said Kendall Capps, Sports Director, Julien’s Auctions. “This auction, assembled with his Estate, represents the pinnacle of Di Stéfano’s triumphant career, including his record five consecutive winning European Champions Cup Gold Medals that set the course for Real Madrid to become one of the most successful teams of all time. His legacy will forever be remembered as one of the inventors of modern football who turned the game and its culture into a worldwide phenomenon.”
The Auction takes place over three days on Wednesday 22, Thursday 23 and Friday 24 September.