Alfredo Di Stéfano playing for Real Madrid in 1963 in Venezuela. During that visit, he was kidnapped by Communist rebels.

NYT: Alfredo Di Stéfano, an Argentine soccer star who built a legendary career when he moved to Europe in the 1950s and led Real Madrid to five straight Continental club championships, died on Monday in Madrid. He was 88.

Real Madrid confirmed his death. He was widely reported to have had a heart attack on Friday, his birthday.

Di Stéfano, an agile, tireless and versatile player nicknamed the Blond Arrow, personified total soccer — a style of play that encourages players with assigned positions to redefine them as the game demands.