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Football Legend Raymond Kopa Dies At 85

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By Ganiyat Ganiyu

French football legend, Raymond Kopa has reportedly died at the age of 85.

Kopa was one of the stars of the Real Madrid side that dominated European football in the late 1950s.

State secretary for sports Thierry Braillard confirmed the death on Friday, calling Kopa “a legend of French football.”

He started his football career with Angers, where he lived until his death, before moving on to Reims, where he would spend the bulk of his playing life.

During his career, he won four domestic French titles and was also European Cup runner up with Reims in 1956.

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.

Kopa was also the first footballer ever to receive the French state’s highest accolade, the Legion d’honneur, in 1970.

 

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