Real Madrid announced this Tuesday the death at 88 years of age of the legendary Paco Gento, the only player in football history 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 ‘Cantabrian gale’ due to the wind that whips the coast of his native Cantabria, 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. Six European Cups stand out in his record, five of them consecutive (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966), a milestone only achieved by him. These trophies are joined by 12 Leagues, 2 Spanish Cups, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 1 Small Club 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 important names such as Alfredo Di Stéfano or the Frenchman Raymond Kopa. “Apart from his spectacular conditions as a player, he was the link between two legendary generations at Real Madrid: the one from the first five European Cups and the one from the ‘yé-yé’ team”, Real Madrid stated.
“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,” the Madrid club added. “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 national team With whom he played the 1962 and 1966 World Cups, and although he participated in the Red’s path to the final of the 1964 European Championship, he did not participate in it, winning the USSR (2-1). endless reactions of condolence from all areas of sport.
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”It is a sad day for Spanish sport. We say goodbye to one of his myths. Whom we will always remember 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 myth of Real Madrid, José Miguel González ‘Michel’ praised him as “the Spanish footballer referent of many generations and little weighted. 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”.
“His innumerable titles with Real Madrid and his participation in the 1962 and 1966 World Cups will always be remembered,” FIFA wrote on its official Twitter account.