Spain, Real Madrid great Paco Gento dies aged 88

Paco Gento, a veteran of two FIFA World Cups and the only man in history to win six UEFA European Cups with Real Madrid Club de Fútbol, has died aged 88, the Spanish club announced on Tuesday.

A rapid left-winger, Gento is one of the finest players ever to appear in the famous red of Spain or the white of Real Madrid.

A team-mate of Ferenc Puskás and Alfredo di Stéfano, Gento played for Real from 1953-1971, captaining the side following di Stéfano’s departure.

Gento appeared in eight European Cup finals, winning a record six of them. He also won 12 La Liga titles with Real Madrid during their period of dominance in the 1950s and 1960s. Upon time of his death, Gento was Honorary President of Real Madrid.

Gento made 43 appearances for Spain, playing at the FIFA World Cup in 1962 and 1966, during a 14-year international career.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in a statement: “I am deeply saddened to learn of Paco Gento’s passing today at the age of 88. One of the greatest players of his generation, Paco leaves behind a lifetime of memories for all fans of football, but especially those of Spain and Real Madrid. Our thoughts and best wishes go to Paco’s family and friends, to Real Madrid, to the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and to all those who treasure memories of this great player.”