Paco Gento, Real Madrid legend and winner of six European Cups, dies

Real Madrid announced on Tuesday the death at the age of 88 of the legendary Paco Gento, the only player in the history of football to have won six European Cups.

“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,” the club said in a statement.

Known as the ‘Galerna del Cantábrico’, this fast left winger played 18 seasons for Real Madrid between 1953 and 1971, being the man who has won the most titles with the white team with 23 trophies.

These trophies are joined by 12 Leagues, 2 Spanish Cups, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 1 Small World Cup and 2 Latin Cups.

Gento, who played 600 games and scored 182 goals, was one of the architects of Real Madrid in the 1950s and 1960s, which had other names such as Alfredo Di Stéfano or the Frenchman Raymond Kopa.

“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,” Real Madrid added on Tuesday.

“Madridistas and all football fans will always remember him as one of their great myths,” the merengue club insisted.

In addition to his great journey at Real Madrid, Gento was also capped 43 times by the Spanish team, with whom he played in the 1962 and 1966 World Cups, and although he participated in La Roja’s path to the 1964 European Championship final, he did not participate in it, won the USSR (2-1).

His death has quickly sparked endless reactions of condolence from all areas of sport.

“It is a sad day for Spanish sport. We bid farewell to one of its myths. We will always remember him for his fight, for his successes and for being a pioneer in the best competitions on the planet,” the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) tweeted.

Another legend of Real Madrid, José Miguel González ‘Michel’ praised him as “the benchmark Spanish footballer for many generations and underappreciated. You will not be able to leave in silence as you liked to live; you were so great that we remember you at the highest personal and football level. World Ballon d’Or”.

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