Real Madrid and the world of football are in mourning. On the morning of this Tuesday, the white team announced the death of the legend Francisco Gento at the age of 88, one of the greatest figures in the history of football.
Paco Gento is the only player in football history to have won 6 European Cups. He defended the white shirt between 1953 and 1971, and during his 18 seasons at Real Madrid he won 24 titles and scored 182 goals. He was international with Spanish team 43 times.
Reactions to the death of Gento, live
11:00 a.m. FIFA remembers him as a historical figure
FIFA remembered Paco Gento as “one of the greatest historical figures of Real Madrid” and wanted to pass on its “deepest condolences to his family and friends”. “His innumerable titles with Real Madrid and his appearances in the 1962 and 1966 World Cups will always be remembered”.
10.50 a.m. Michel: “You will not be able to leave in silence as you liked to live”
Jose Miguel González Martín del Campo, ‘Míchel’, recalled Paco Gento in an emotional message on social networks: “The Spanish footballer who has been a benchmark for many generations and who is 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“.
10:39 a.m. Gento’s last ‘service’: another three European Cups
Paco Gento took over from Alfredo Di Stéfano in 2016 and it became honorary president of the white team. With him in charge, Real Madrid added another three European Cups (2016, 2017 and 2018) to its extensive track record.
10:27 a.m. Gento’s last interview with MARCA
The honorary president of Real Madrid served MARCA almost six years ago in what was his last interview with us. “I dream that I still play”, He said The Cantabrian Galena. Here you have the complete talk with video in which he reviewed his entire career.
10:20 a.m. The club that saw him grow says goodbye
People, born Guarnizo (Cantabria), fulfilled one of his childhood dreams debuting in First with the Racing de Santander in the 1952-53, scoring two goals in 10 games before his departure to Madrid. The club has fired him like this.
10:13 a.m. How did Paco Gento play?
The former player of Real Madrid and the Spanish team, Paco Gento, had a successful career for 19 years (between 1952 and 1971) wearing the colors of Racing de Santander in his first season and, later, forging his white legend. Here you can see how he spent them on the grass.
10:06 a.m. Arbeloa says goodbye to Gento.
The former player of Real Madrid, Alvaro Arbeloa, shared an emotional message on his social networks to say goodbye to the white legend: “A person who was close and very affectionate with all of us.”
9:58 a.m. Official statement from Real Madrid
The white team announced the death of La Galerna del Cantábrico at the age of 88 through an official statement.