Mourinho's tribute to 'best Real Madrid player in history'

Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to Alfredo Di Stefano, following the Real Madrid legend's death at the age of 88.

Jose Mourinho (right) during his time at Real Madrid alongside Alfredo Di Stefano (left) Credit: Reuters

"It was with immense sadness I learned of the death of Alfredo Di Stefano, a wonderful man I had the fortune to know during my time in Madrid," former Real Madrid manager Mourinho said in a statement.

"Of course I first send my thoughts to his family and friends, but also this is a very sad day for football and football fans, which we all are, when we lose a special person like this.

"Alfredo was the best Real Madrid player in history - winning five consecutive European Cups - and one of the greatest of all time.

"Rest in peace Alfredo."

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