Lorenzo Sanz was the president of Real Madrid from 1995 to 2000. During his time at the helm, Real Madrid won two Champions League triumphs, one LaLiga title and the Spanish giants winning the now-defunct European Cup Winners’ Cup.

Lorenzo was admitted to hospital this week due to Coronavirus’ symptoms. But sadly the 76-year-old could not fight against it and has passed away on Saturday.

Lorenzo’s son confirmed his father’s death on Twitter. He wrote: “My father has just died. He did not deserve it to 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.”

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Real Madrid released an official statement, which read: “Real Madrid, its president and the board of directors regret with great consternation the death of Lorenzo Sanz, who was president of Real Madrid from 1995 to 2000.”

“They also want to express their deepest condolences and all their affection and affection to his wife Mari Luz, their children, Lorenzo, Francisco, Fernando, María Luz [Malula] and Diana, and their family and friends. Condolences that also extend to all Real Madrid.”

“Today, Real Madrid is mourning the loss of a president who dedicated a large part of his life to his great passion: Real Madrid. Given the current circumstances, Real Madrid will pay him the recognition he deserves as soon as possible.”

Current Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez said: “Today, we remember Lorenzo Sanz, who has fallen victim to this tragedy. He was the president who gave us Madridistas the long-awaited European Cup after a 32-year absence. We Madridistas will forever remember him as the president who brought hope and joy flooding back on the 20th of May 1998 in Amsterdam.”

“La Septima was ours. It was then followed by La Octava two years on, in the year 2000 in Paris, as Real Madrid returned to its rightful position in football’s history books. Beyond those two European Cups, under his tutelage, the club also clinched one Intercontinental Cup, one LaLiga title, a Spanish Super Cup, a basketball league title and Cup Winners’ Cup.”

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Perez further added: “We’ve lost a fine Madridista who dedicated a large part of his life to what was both his and his family’s greatest pleasure: Real Madrid. Here at the club, we’ll do all we can to honour his memory and legacy, to pay him the tribute that all of Madridismo craves. Lorenzo deserves the greatest recognition.”

“A tribute to him in our Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, where he continued to attend every game in order to stay close to his team. For now, as we all know, this is not possible, but we will, of course, ensure it takes place in order to enshrine his memory in the minds of new generations of Madridismo.”

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