Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz died on Saturday after being hospitalised with coronavirus.
Sanz was president at the Bernabeu from 1995-2000, a period in which Real won the Champions League twice.
He had initially chosen to stay home while feeling sick so as but ultimately went to the hospital on Tuesday when his fever had lasted for eight days.
Sanz’s son, Lorenzo Sans Duran, confirmed the death on Twitter saying: “My father has just died. 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” read the tweet.
The 76-year-old signed players such as Roberto Carlos, Clarence Seedorf and Davor Suker during his time in charge of the 33-time Spanish champions.
He lost the 2000 presidential election to Florentino Perez, which sparked Real’s big-spending ‘Galatico’ era.
More than 24,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported in Spain, with nearly 1,400 deaths as a result.
By Ofhani Munyai