86-year-old Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano to marry woman 50 years his junior

Brooks Peck
May 4, 2013

Real Madrid honorary president Alfredo Di Stefano, who turns 87 in July, is set to marry a 36-year-old woman who helped him prepare a book about his life that was released in 2010. Di Stefano, who has battled about as many health problems as you would expect of a man well into his 80s, says his "sense of humor" won her over.

From Reuters:

Considered one of the greatest players of all time, Argentina-born Di Stefano said he was getting married to the 36-year-old Gina Gonzalez in the next few weeks "because I want to and I have been a widower for eight years".

"Each madman to their own," he was quoted as saying in Saturday's edition of El Mundo newspaper.

"I am in love and I am marrying Gina," he added. "I am 86 but I have a young heart."

Di Stefano has been a widower for eight years. He says his children don't approve of impending nuptials, but he doesn't care. "I am interested in my life and nothing else. And not making a lot of trouble," he says. And at nearly 87 years old, he's earned the right to feel that way.

As a player, The Blond Arrow won five consecutive European Cups with Real Madrid between 1956 and 1960. As a manager, he led Boca Juniors and Valencia to domestic league titles. On top of all that, he apparently also has one wicked sense of humor.