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Sports News of Sunday, 22 March 2020


Ex-Real Madrid president dies of coronavirus

Lorenzo Sanz Lorenzo Sanz

Lorenzo Sanz, ex-Real Madrid president, has been confirmed dead after being hospitalized due to coronavirus infection.

Late Sanz headed the Spanish giants for a five-year period from 1995-2000, during which time Madrid twice won the Champions League.

His son, Lorenzo Sanz Duran, made the announcement on Twitter; “my father has just died.”

“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.”

Iker Casillas added: “RIP President, a big hug to family and friends in these difficult times.

“And a very special memory for those who have also left us because of this fatal virus. Much strength to all.”

The club also released an official statement on their website stating that:

“Real Madrid C. F., the club president and Board of Directors all wish to express the deepest regret at the passing of Lorenzo Sanz, who was club president of Real Madrid from 1995 to 2000.

“The club wishes to convey its condolences to his wife Mari Luz, his children, Lorenzo, Francisco, Fernando, María Luz (Malula) and Diana, as well as his family and friends. Our condolences are shared by all madridistas.

“During the presidency of Lorenzo Sanz, Real Madrid continued to add to its history and legendary status. He was president of the club when, after 32 years, the club won its much awaited seventh European Cup, in Amsterdam in 1998.

“With Lorenzo Sanz as president of Real Madrid, the club won two European Cups and an Intercontinental Cup, a league title, a Spanish Super Cup, a basketball league title and the Saporta Cup.

“Today, all of madridismo is in mourning following the passing of the president who dedicated a huge part of his life to his great passion: Real Madrid.

“Given the current circumstances, Real Madrid will give him the recognition he deserves as soon as possible.”