Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz has died aged 76, after being hospitalised with coronavirus, according to his son Lorenzo.
The former Real Madrid president was taken to hospital, with newspaper El Mundo saying he had been suffering from the novel coronavirus.
Sanz was president in Bernabeu, Madrid between 1995 and 2000, in which they won two Champions League titles and one La Liga crown among other trophies. Their 1998 Champions League triumph was the first time they had won Europe’s top prize, which they have lifted a record 13 times, in 32 years.
“My father has just passed away. He didn’t deserve it to end this way. One of the most brave and hard working people who I have known in my life has left us,” Lorenzo Sanz Jr. said on Twitter.”
Sanz signed players such as Roberto Carlos, Clarence Seedorf and Davor Suker during his time in charge of the 33-time Spanish champions.
However, he lost the 2000 presidential election to Florentino Perez, which sparked Real’s big-spending ‘Galatico’ era.