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Real Madrid’s record European Cup winner passes away

Paco Gento
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The club’s honorary president and six-time European Cup winner has sadly passed away.

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Real Madrid legend Francisco ‘Paco’ Gento has died at the age of 88.

In a statement on Tuesday morning, Real Madrid confirmed the news and paid tribute to their legendary 43-timed capped Spain winger.

“Real Madrid wants to express its condolences and affection to his wife Mari Luz, his sons Francisco and Julio, his granddaughters Aitana and Candela and all of his relatives, teammates and loved ones,” the statement read.

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“Paco Gento faithfully represents all of the values of Real Madrid, and has been a role model for Madridismo and the world of sport. Real Madrid fans and all football fans will always remember him as one of its great icons.”

Paco Gento, a serial winner like no other

Gento began his career at Racing Santander in Spain, before linking up with Real Madrid aged 19 in 1953.

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The former winger spent the following 18 years plying his trade in the Spanish capital, making 600 appearances. He scored 182 goals and won 24 trophies, including a record of six European Cups.

Gento was a member of one of the greatest Real Madrid sides in history, alongside legends such as Alfredo di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas. He became an honorary president in 2016 after Di Stefano’s passing.

To this day, Gento remains the only footballer in history to have ever won six European club titles.

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