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.
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.
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