Former Real Madrid president dies after contracting coronavirus
BARCELONA – Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz died on Saturday at the age of 76 after contracting the coronavirus.
Sanz presided over the Spanish club between 1995 and 2000, a period in which the club won two European Cups.
He was admitted to the Hospital Universitario Fundacion Jimenez Díaz in Madrid last Tuesday and subsequently tested positive for Covid-19.
With Lorenzo Sanz as president of @realmadriden, 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. ⚫ #RealMadrid pic.twitter.com/Qnk7pqDkSu— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) March 21, 2020
His greatest achievement at Madrid was helping the club end a 32-year barren spell of not winning the European Cup.
It was during his second season in charge that, with Jupp Heynckes as coach, Real Madrid beat Juventus 1-0 in Amsterdam.
Sanz' son Fernando, who played for Real Madrid, said on social media: "My father has just died. He did not deserve this ending. His family and Real Madrid were his passion."dpa