REAL MADRID legend Paco Gento, who has won the most European Cups in history, has passed away at the age of 88.
Gento won six European Cups during his 18 seasons at Real Madrid, as well as 12 league titles.
Gento played 600 times for Real across 18 seasons
Jose Maria Zarraga (left) and Gento (right) with his fifth European Cup
Gento with Real president Florentino Perez (left)
The attacker managed 182 goals in 600 games for Los Blancos and represented Spain on 43 occasions.
An official club statement read: “Real Madrid CF, its president and its Board of Directors deeply regret the death of Francisco Gento, honorary president of Real Madrid and one of the greatest legends of our club and of world football.
“Real Madrid would like to express its condolences and its love and affection to his wife Mari Luz, his sons Francisco and Julio, his granddaughters Aitana and Candela and all his relatives, colleagues and loved ones.
“Paco Gento is the only player in football history to have won 6 European Cups.
“He defended the shirt of our club between 1953 and 1971, and during his 18 seasons at Real Madrid he won, in addition to the 6 European Cups, 12 Leagues, 2 Spanish Cups, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 1 Small World Cup and 2 Cups. Latinas.
“At Real Madrid he played 600 games and scored 182 goals. He was international with the Spanish team on 43 occasions.
“The figure of Paco Gento faithfully represents all the values of Real Madrid, and has been and will continue to be a benchmark for Real Madrid and for the world of sport.
“Madrid fans and all football fans will always remember him as one of their great legends.
“Francisco Gento has died at the age of 88. Real Madrid also extends its condolences to all Real Madrid members and fans.”
Tributes are pouring in from across the football world.
Paco Gento presents the Ballon d’Or to Cristiano Ronaldo in 2016
Paco Gento in action for Real Madrid against Feyenoord
Rivals Barcelona have described Gento as ‘legendary’, whilst Real Sociedad labelled him a ‘world football legend.’
Real Super Cup hero Thibaut Courtois tweeted: “Paco Gento, legend of Real Madrid and history of World football.
“Thank you for your love and example. Rest in peace.”
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By: Joshua Mbu
Title: Paco Gento dead at 88: Real Madrid legend who boasts record for most European Cups in history passes away
Sourced From: www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/17358168/paco-gento-dies-real-madrid/
Published Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2022 09:38:18 +0000
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