Are true legends above tribal loyalties?
I've been thinking of writing an article along these lines to help pass the close season and only the ongoing World Cup has made me put it off till now.
By tribal loyalties I mean of course our love for our club, but there are some players who surely rise above club or country. And yesterday we lost one - Alfredo di Stefano, hero of Real Madrid but someone who, when I first fell in love with the game, was spoken of in hushed tones and always with reverence.
I'll let you younger lads who don't know of him Google his career stats, I just salute him, for the pleasure he gave to me and millions of fans world wide.
And I'd ask, who do you think is a true legend, who is worth respect from the world wide football family, regardless of his club?