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Real Madrid Announce The Passing Of Former Player Agne Simonsson

Simonsson briefly played alongside Di Stefano and Puskas, and was the only Swede to ever play for the club

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Real Madrid announced today that Agne Simonsson, a former footballer for the club, passed away.

Simonsson was an interesting figure, who doesn’t get talked about much at Real Madrid mostly because his stint with the club was so brief.

Simonsson was signed in 1960, after being widely known as the best striker in the world due to his performances with the Swedish National Team. He had scored four goals in World Cup ‘58 to lead Sweden to the final.

But his arrival in Madrid was less glamorous. With both Alfredo di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas already in the team, it was naturally hard for the Swede to find playing time. Di Stefano and Puskas were two of the most prolific scores in football history, and as a result, Simonsson played just three times for Real Madrid over the course of two seasons — scoring one goal in those appearances.

Simonsson passed away yesterday at the age of 84.

Managing Madrid sends its love and condolences to his entire family.