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French football legend Raymond Kopa, who won the European Cup three times with Real Madrid in the 1950s, died Friday aged 85 after a long illness, his family said.Kopa rose from a poor mining family in northern France to become one of Europe's greatest players ever in a Real team alongside Alfredo di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas. With Real he won the European Cup in 1957, a year after being losing finalist in 1956 for Reims against Real.The same year Kopa became the first French player to win the Ballon d'Or as Europe's player of the year, after placing third in 1956 and 1957 and second in 1959 .
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