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ALFREDO DI STÉFANO 1926-2014

Madrid fans bid farewell to Di Stéfano at the Bernabéu

The doors of the chapel at the Santiago Bernabéu opened at 10:30 this morning. There were plenty of people wanting to pay their respects

Carmen Colino

The doors have opened at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium for fans to access the chapel dedicated to Alfredo Di Stéfano. The president of honour can be visited until 21:00 this evening and tomorrow between 9:30 and 15:00.

Hundreds of fans queued up to bid farewell to the Real Madrid legend, and it is thought that thousands will turn up to say goodbye to the "Blond Arrow". Florentino Pérez was present from the early hours, accompanied by director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueño. At 11:00 Iker Casillas paid his respects, whilst Sergio Ramos and Nacho Fernández did so later on.

Amongst the first to arrive this morning included veterans of Real Madrid such as Santamaría and Pachín. José Antonio Camacho, acompañado por Miguel Ángel Portugal, Miguel Pardeza, Isidoro San José, Rafael García Cortés, Andrés Sabido, Pirri and Fernando Romay were also present, as was former club president Lorenzo Sanz.

UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino attended the stadium on behalf of the organisation, whilst an Atlético Madrid delegation comprised of Caminero, Cerezo, Clemente Villaverde, Gabi and Óscar Gil attended.

In front of Don Alfredo's coffin were the trophies that he won with Real Madrid: 5 European Cups, the Intercontinental Cup, 8 Leagues, the Ballon D'Or, and the Super Ballon D'Or. Behind the coffin stood his image and three Real Madrid flags with black ribbons.

The screens in the chapel were transmitting the video of homage made by Real Madrid depicting Di Stéfano's best moments, to the tune of Frank Sinatra's 'My Way'.

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