86-year old Alfredo Di Stefano, one of Real Madrid’s all-time greatest players and current honorary president of the club, wants to get married. Specifically, he wants to get married to a Costa Rican woman 50 years his junior, because he’s old and he’s lonely and being Alfredo Di Stefano, all-time footballing great, has it’s perks. Di Stefano’s kids aren’t too happy about the match, however, and have filed a legal injunction to keep their Pops from exposing his image and assets. Cold. Ice cold.
They also want to protect his assets, according to a statement from the five children carried in local media.
“We believe his current state of vulnerability, together with his obvious media profile, could result in abusive conduct towards him,” the statement said.
“It is precisely this that we intend to avert by means of the legal protection we are seeking, while at the same time trying to protect the image and honour, both of our father and, in general, of our family.”
On the one hand, why shouldn’t Alfredo get married if it will make him happy? On the other hand, history is littered with famous, rich men being taken advantage of by much younger women. It’s not quite Anna Nicole and that super old Texan oil guy, but Di Stefano is awfully famous in European soccer circles.
Alfredo’s old guy attitude is the best.
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.”
And it’s not like Di Stefano didn’t know this was coming.
Asked what his children made of the marriage plans, he added: “What do you think they would say? They might be against it. But that is not important to me.
“I am interested in my life and nothing else. And not making a lot of trouble.
“They are going to have a go at me but I will take it with sincerity. If any wants to ask me then let them do it and I will explain it to them.”
You might need to explain it again, Alfredo.
Sources: NY Times, Reuters
Photo: El Mundo