Real Madrid legend Di Stefano in serious condition following heart attack

Alfredo Di Stefano still has a role at Real Madrid. Photo: PA

Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano has been admitted to hospital after suffering a heart attack, the club have announced.

According to reports in Spain, the 88-year-old is in a serious condition after suffering a heart attack in the street close to the Bernabeu.

Madrid said in a brief statement on their official website that president Florentino Perez had visited Di Stefano at the Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Maranon, where he was taken on Saturday afternoon.

Di Stefano is one of Madrid's finest ever players. He was central to the club's domination of European football in the 1950s, helping them win the European Cup for five successive seasons.

The Argentina-born forward played for the club from 1953 and 1964, winning eight Primera Division titles.

He is Madrid's second highest scorer in history, behind Raul, with 307 goals in all competitions.

He also had two short spells as coach of the club and is their honorary president.

Internationally, he played mainly for Spain but also represented Argentina and Colombia.