Legendary French football player Raymond Kopa, one of the historical stars of Real Madrid, where he won three European Cups, died on Friday at the age of 85. The newspaper Le Courrier de l'Ouest announced the death of Kopa, who was also a striker for Stade de Reims. Kopa was hospitalised on February 19 following a long illness.
Raymond Kopaszewski was born in Noeud-les-Mines, northern France, in October 1931, and in 1958 became the first French player to win the Ballon d'Or. He is regarded in France as the true forerunner to former UEFA president Michel Platini and Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.