BREAKING NEWS: Former Real Madrid president passes away after coronavirus battle
Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz has passed away aged 76 after being hospitalized with coronavirus, his son has confirmed.
Ex-Real Madrid chief Lorenzo Sanz sadly passed away on Saturday after contracting coronavirus. The 76-year-old’s son Lorenzo Sanz Duran confirmed the news in an emotional message posted on Twitter.
“My father has just died,” he wrote. “He did not deserve this end in this manner.
“One of the best, most courageous and hard-working people I have seen in my life. His family and Real Madrid were his passion.”
Sanz had a successful five-years in charge of Real between 1995-2000 where he guided the club to two Champions League titles.
He was instrumental in bringing legendary stars Roberto Carlos, Clarence Seedorf, and Davor Suker to the Bernabeu.
Current Real president Florentino Perez took over from Sanz in 2000 to kick-off the Galactico era.
The pair retained a healthy relationship and went to battle once more in the 2004 elections but Perez was triumphant again.
Spain is one of the worst-hit countries by coronavirus as they have 25,374 confirmed cases and have 1,378 recorded deaths.
La Liga has been postponed, like the majority of Europe’s top-flight football divisions, and it is unclear when the fixtures will resume.
Real have placed their entire team into quarantine to ensure their squad are as safe as possible.
A club statement read: “The recommendation has been made to quarantine both the basketball first team and the football first team, given that the two squads share facilities.”
Meanwhile, a host of La Liga clubs have poured out with tributes for the late Sanz.
Real’s arch-rivals Barcelona wrote: “We regret the loss of Lorenzo Sanz Mancebo, who was president of Real Madrid between 1995 and 2000, and we extend our condolences to club, family and friends. Rest in peace.”
And Valencia said: “@valenciacf wants to express their sincere condolences to the family and close friends of Lorenzo Sanz, former president of the @realmadrid. RIP.”
Espanyol said: “The RCD Espanyol de Barcelona wants to express its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Lorenzo Sanz, former president of @realmadrid, in these difficult moments. Rest in peace. #EspanyoldeBarcelona #RCDE.”
Former Real assistant manager Aitor Karanka, who also coached Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forrest, expressed his sadness at Sanz’s passing.
He wrote: “Today is a very hard day. Lorenzo Sanz and Santiago Denia have left us early.
“Two people to which I had a great appreciation and with which I enjoyed very good times, also with their families, to which I send a strong embrace, especially Fernando and Santi.”