Real Madrid confirmed the sad news of the club legend Paco Gento passed away this morning in the Spanish capital at the age of 88. People, who spent 18 seasons as a player with Madrid, was named honorary president in 2016. He stays the most successful player in the history of Real Madrid, have won 23 trophies throughout his career – an achievement he now shares Marcelo, who claimed his 23rd winner’s medal in Sunday’s Spanish Supercup final. People is the only player in history to have won six European Cups – He was part of the Madrid team that won the cup in 1955/6, 1956/7, 1957/8, 1958/9, 1959/60 and 1965/6.
A statement from the club read: “Real Madrid CF, the club’s President and the Board of Directors are deeply saddened by the passing of Francisco Gento, Honorary President of Real Madrid and one of the greatest legends of our club and world football.
Real Madrid would like to offer their condolences, love and sympathy to his wife Mari Luz, his sons Francisco and Julio, his granddaughters Aitana and Candela and all his relatives, teammates and loved ones.”
Born in Guarnizo, Cantabria, People started with run and joined Real Madrid in 1953. Considered as one of the greatest left wingers in football history, did he 600 appearances for Madrid and scored 182 goals before retiring from the game in 1971. During his time at the Bernabéu, he won 12 league titles, two Spanish cups, one Intercontinental cup, one minor World Cup and two Latin American cups, in addition to six European cups. He was also an international with Spain, capturing 43 caps between 1955 and 1969 and scoring five goals.