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the death of Lorenzo Sanz, the former president of Real Madrid

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Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz died on Saturday March 21 at the age of 76, three days after being hospitalized due to the Covid-19. Her son, also called Lorenzo, announced it on Twitter : “My father just passed away. He didn't deserve this ending and that way. " His reign at the head of Real Madrid between 1995 and 2000 was crowned by two Champions Leagues.

Three days earlier, in a video published on the same social network, this former professional basketball player, had explained that his father was hospitalized in Madrid because of symptoms corresponding to the new coronavirus.

"Today, madridism mourns the loss of a president who has devoted a large part of his life to his great passion: Real Madrid", regretted the Merengue club in a press release.

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"Real Madrid will honor him as soon as possible"

"Given the current circumstances, Real Madrid will give him the tribute he deserves as soon as possible", specifies the club of the Spanish capital, in full confinement in an attempt to stem the spread of the coronavirus which left a total of 1,326 dead according to the latest figures released on Saturday.

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Mr. Sanz joined Real Madrid in the 1980s under the chairmanship of Ramon Mendoza before succeeding him in 1995.

With Jupp Heynckes on the bench and stars such as Davor Suker, Roberto Carlos, Clarence Seedorf, Fernando Hierro and Raul on the field, Real won the Champions League in 1998 by beating Juventus 1-0 in the final.

His seventh Champions League but the first for thirty-two years. The eighth was quick to come by: two seasons later, in Paris, the Merengues gave themselves a new coronation in the most prestigious of European competitions by outclassing Valence 3-0 in the final.

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The latest from Lorenzo Sanz, beaten a few months later in the elections for Real’s presidency by Florentino Perez, who ushered in the Galactic era.

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