"I fell in love with football and Real Madrid thanks to players like Gento"

“I fell in love with football and Real Madrid thanks to players like Gento”

President Florentino Perez has published a long message in which he pays homage to Paco Gento, who died today at the age of 88.

It is a day of mourning for Madrid, who learned on Tuesday morning of the disappearance of Francisco Paco Gento, one of the greatest legends in the history of Merengue. President Perez expressed his grief in a text posted on the club’s website.

“Today is a day of great sadness, not only for Real Madrid but for world football. I would like to express, first of all, on behalf of Real Madrid and in my own name, my deepest condolences on the passing of our dear Honorary President, Francisco Gento. All our support and affection to his wife Marie Luz and his sons Francisco Julio and his nieces Aitana and Candela as well as all his family, colleagues and loved ones.

Francisco Gento arrived at Real Madrid at just 19 years old from the beloved Racing de Santander and defended the Real Madrid shirt for 18 years. There he became one of the great legends of our club and one of the legends of world football. He was part of the generations of legendary players who changed the history of Real Madrid into becoming the most famous and admired club in the world.

From the hand of the Santiago Bernabeu and with Di Stefano, Puskas, Cuba, Real, Santamaria, Santisteban, Amancio, Perry or Araquistine, among other legends, Francisco Gento was part of a legendary and unforgettable team for all football lovers.

Francisco Gento has set a record unparalleled to date. He is the only player to win six European Cups in the entire history of football. Six European Cups with one team: Real Madrid. life club. The one who represented him and carried him in his heart until the last moment.

These six European Cups (including five in a row) and 12 La Ligas are a symbol of the dimension he has reached in 600 games for Real Madrid. He scored 182 goals and was international with the Spanish selection 43 times. He was also awarded the Grand Cross of the Royal Sports Merit, among other honours.

But more than his titles and what he won on the pitch, Francisco Gento has earned the support of all Real Madrid players and also the support of his sporting opponents for his exemplary behavior and the behavior he has been in all his life.

I fell in love with football and Real Madrid thanks to players like Francisco Gento, who made Real Madrid values ​​and sports his way of life. The madridistas and football fans in general should be proud of the player who helped the Real Madrid name to be present on all continents.

Francisco Gento is one of our greatest legends and we will all remember him as one of the best players in our 119-year history. It represents all of our values: humility, respect, camaraderie, talent, hard work, and sacrifice.

Thank you dear Baku. Thank you, dear Francisco Gento. Thank you, dear Honorary President of Real Madrid, for everything you have done for our club. We will never forget you and we will forever be remembered.”

Florentino Perez

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