Alfredo Di Stefano, former Real Madrid superstar, dies at 88

Alfredo Di Stefano, the player Real Madrid has hailed as being the most important component in its mid-20th century ascent to becoming a global powerhouse, has died. He was 88.

The club said in a statement that Di Stefano, its honorary president, died on Monday afternoon at Gregorio Maranon hospital, two days after a heart attack.

Di Stefano turned 88 on Friday. The following day, he had a heart attack on a Madrid street near the club's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Paramedics were able to resuscitate him after 18 minutes, but he spent the following days in a coma. (AP)

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A picture taken on June 12, 1956 shows Argentinian-born Spanish forward Alfredo Di Stefano in Paris

A picture taken on June 12, 1956 shows Argentinian-born Spanish forward Alfredo Di Stefano in Paris (AFP Photo/)

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Alfredo Di Stefano scores Real Madrids'' second goal during the 7-3 demolitions of Eintracht Frankfurt at Hampden Park on May 19, 1960, in the European Cup Final. Di Stefano scored 3 while Puskas scored 4. (Allsport/ Hulton Archive via Getty Images)

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Loy, the Eintracht goal keeper is unable to prevent Di Stefano of Real Madrid scoring his team's first goal during the European Cup Final against Eintracht  on May 18th, 1960 at Hampden Park, Glasgow. Real Madrid won 7-3.  (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

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Leeds United footballer Jimmy Armfield (right) leads out the England team as captain, as Alfredo Di Stefano leads out the Rest Of The World Team. They were competing for the 1963 FA Centenary Cup. Behind Armfield is Bobby Moore. Di Stefano played internationally for Argentina, Colombia and Spain. (Photo by A Jones/Getty Images)

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he Argentine soccer player of Real Madrid Alfredo Di Stefano during the filming of the movie "Mister Real Madrid",1962, Madrid, Castilla La Mancha, Spain. (Photo by Gianni Ferrari/Cover/Getty Images).

A handout picture taken on August 26, 1963 shows Real Madrid's Argentinian-born Spanish forward Alfredo Di Stefano speaking to journalists at the Spanish embassy in Caracas after being released by his kidnappers

A handout picture taken on August 26, 1963 shows Real Madrid's Argentinian-born Spanish forward Alfredo Di Stefano speaking to journalists at the Spanish embassy in Caracas after being released by his kidnappers (AFP Photo/)

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The soccer player Alfredo Di Stefano (Real Madrid) during a 1970 training in Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Madrid (Spain).  (Photo by Gianni Ferrari/Cover/Getty Images)

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75th Anniversary of Real Madrid: Raymond Kopa, Jose Hector Rial, Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas and Paco Gento in Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, with six European Cups ,1977, Madrid, Castilla la Mancha, Spain.(Photo by Gianni Ferrari/Cover/Getty Images).

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Presentation of Real Madrid F.C. Alfredo Di Stefano, Real Madrid's coach, in the presentation of the football season 82-83  (Photo by Paco Junquera/Cover/Getty Images)

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David Beckham and Alfredo Di Stefano. David Beckham Presented as New Player of Real Madrid in 2003. (Photo by Lalo Yasky/WireImage via Getty Images)

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Real Madrid's new signing  Robinho holds his new shirt beside club President Florentino Perez (L) and former player Alfredo di Stefano during his presentation for Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on August 26, 2005 in Madrid, Spain. Robinho was transfered from Santos of Brazil for 30 million euros (36.5 USD). (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

A file picture taken on May 9, 2006 shows Real Madrid's legend and Honor President Alfredo Di Stefano looking on before a friendly football match between Real Madrid and Stade Reims at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium in Madrid

A file picture taken on May 9, 2006 shows Real Madrid's legend and Honor President Alfredo Di Stefano looking on before a friendly football match between Real Madrid and Stade Reims at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium in Madrid (AFP Photo/Javier Soriano)

File photo shows Real Madrid great Di Stefano delivering a speech after receiving an award at Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium

Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano delivers a speech after receiving a special president's award during his tribute at Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium in this February 17, 2008 file photo. The former Real Madrid forward, one of the greatest footballers of all time, has died in the Spanish capital two days after suffering a heart attack. The club said in a statement that he passed away at the Gregorio Maranon hospital at 1515 GMT on July 7, 2014. He was 88. REUTERS/Andrea Comas/Files (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER OBITUARY)

File photo shows Real Madrid great Di Stefano holding up his award at Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium

Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano holds up his special president's award during his tribute at Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium in this February 17, 2008 file photo. The former Real Madrid forward, one of the greatest footballers of all time, has died in the Spanish capital two days after suffering a heart attack. The club said in a statement that he passed away at the Gregorio Maranon hospital at 1515 GMT on July 7, 2014. He was 88. REUTERS/Andrea Comas/Files (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER OBITUARY)

Real Madrid's honorary president Alfredo di Stefano attends a press conference in Madrid, on June 1, 2010

Real Madrid's honorary president Alfredo di Stefano attends a press conference in Madrid, on June 1, 2010 (AFP Photo/Dominique Faget)

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid's honorary president Alfredo Di Stefano arrive at the European Golden Shoe trophy ceremony in Madrid

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Real Madrid's honorary president Alfredo Di Stefano arrive at the European Golden Shoe trophy ceremony in Madrid November 3, 2011. Real Madrid great Di Stefano, 88, is in a critical condition after suffering a heart attack on July 5, 2014, sources from the Spanish capital's emergency services told Reuters. Picture taken November 3, 2011. REUTERS/Sergio Perez (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

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Honorary President of Real Madrid, Alfredo Di Stefano receives from Queen Sofia of Spain the Francisco Fernandez Ochoa National Prize during the National Sports Awards ceremony at El Pardo Palace on December 5, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

Real Madrid's goalkeeper Iker Casillas listens to Alfredo Di Stefano next to Karim Benzema near Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti before their Spanish First Division soccer match against Osasuna at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid

Real Madrid's goalkeeper Iker Casillas (L) listens to Alfredo Di Stefano next to Karim Benzema (2nd L) near Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti (R) before their Spanish First Division soccer match against Osasuna at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid April 26, 2014. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)