Real Madrid Great Raymond Kopa Dies

French footballing legend Raymond Kopa has died, aged 85.

Kopa was one of the stars of the Real Madrid side that dominated European football in the late 1950s, and it was during his time at Santiago Bernabeu that he won three European Cups and also claimed the Ballon d’Or in 1958.

In Spain, he was part of the side that won two Primera Division titles, monopolised the early years of continental football and even attained the game’s highest individual honour at that time.

He played 45 times for France between 1952 and 1962, scoring 18 goals and was one of the outstanding figures at the 1958 World Cup, where he was eclipsed arguably only by 13-goal team-mate Just Fontaine and Brazil’s teenage sensation Pele.

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