Former president of the Real Madrid, Lorenzo Sans, considered one of the pioneers of the club’s administration, has sadly died on Saturday after contracting the COVID-19. He was 76. Also Read - Ronaldo a Machine, Messi Plain Genius: Brazilian Legend Kaka
After being hospitalised, Sanz was being treated the entire week in the Intensive Care Unit but could not survive the strain of the Coronavirus as at 76, he was embedded under the high-risk category. Also Read - Football Transfer Talk: Cristiano Ronaldo Set to Leave Juventus, Likely to Join Either Manchester United or PSG
“My father has just died,” he said, via a translation by Alex Kirkland of ESPN. “He didn’t deserve this ending and in this way. One of the best, bravest, hardest-working people I’ve ever known leaves us. His family and Real Madrid were his passion. My mother and my siblings enjoyed all of his moments with pride. RIP.” Also Read - Coronavirus: Spanish Broadcaster Hopeful La Liga Will Resume by July
Born in Madrid in 1943, Sanz came to power with Read Madrid in 1995 and under his guidance, the Los Merengues was rebuilt with Fabio Capello as coach. The two combined to manage some important signings Roberto Carlos, Clarence Seedorf, Davor Suker and Predrag Mijatovic and the effort culminated with Real winning the 1997/98 Champions League and repeated the feat two years later in the year 2000.
“Today, all of Madrid is in mourning following the passing of the president who dedicated a huge part of his life to his great passion: Real Madrid,” the club said in a statement. “Given the current circumstances, Real Madrid will give him the recognition he deserves as soon as possible.”
However, the two UEFA Champions League triumphs were not enough to hide the financial problems that still plagued the club and in elections a few weeks after the 2000 final, he lost the presidency to Florentino Perez. The former president tried to stand again in 2004 but had little chance of success up against Perez, an individual with whom he had an excellent relationship.