Almost 800 football objects belonging to the Argentine legend of Real Madrid Alfredo Di Stéfano, considered one of the best footballers in history, will go on sale at Julien’s Auctions in London on 23 and 24 September.
The collection includes Di Stéfano’s medals and trophies from the European Cup and Spanish League finals, the Ballons d’Or and various T-shirts, plaques, coins and personal items. It is estimated that its value exceeds one million dollars.
The most outstanding treasures of the auction are the five awards that the Argentine received as champion of the European Cup with Real Madrid, the Ballons of Gold and the Super Ballon of Gold, the honorary prize that he obtained in 1989 when he was considered the best footballers of the last three decades by France Football magazine. Fans will also be able to purchase the mythical jersey with the number 9 number 9 that the attacker wore for Real Madrid in the 1950s, as well as the home he wore at the time when he played for the Spanish national team.
The Spanish press has reported the values that are expected to be obtained in the auction for some of the objects. In the case of the Super Ballon d’Or, for example, the estimated price is between 35,000 and 58,000 euros. The Ballons d’Or of 1957 and 1959, as well as the European Cup champion medals, would range between 17,000 and 34,000 euros. The prizes for having won the eight Spanish leagues would cost between 9,300 and 16,300 euros each, while the cheapest items could be a shirt of the Spanish team (1,700 to 2,500) and some football boots from Di Stéfano’s childhood ( 500 to 700).
“The family has decided that it is time to share these objects with the world, because it is a global icon,” Martin Nolan, Julien’s CEO, told Reuters TV a few months ago.
By this time, Julien’s has already published the catalog with all the articles that will be available and announced that those who cannot attend the London headquarters in person will have the possibility to make their offers online through the website.
Alfredo Di Stéfano was born in Argentina on July 4, 1926 and began his football career in River and then made the leap to Millionaires of Colombia. In 1953 he landed at Real Madrid, where his legend grew. With the Merengue team jersey he won eight Spanish leagues in 11 years and five European Cups consecutively between 1956 and 1960. In the latter, he scored goals in all the finals, including a hat-trick in the 7-3 victory over Ein Frankfurt in 1960.
The Argentine, who later became a Spanish national and played for the national team, won the Ballon d’Or for the best player in Europe in 1957 and 1959. In addition, he received the aforementioned Super Ballon d’Or in 1989. Considered by many to be the best footballer of history, he died in Madrid at the age of 88 in 2014. (Infobae)