Karambeu pays tribute to late Madrid president Sanz


Former Real Madrid player Christian Karembeu has paid tribute to former Los Blancos president Lorenzo Sanz.

Sanz passed away on Saturday, March 21, after suffering from the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus.

The former president brought Karembeu to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in 1997, and the former France international took Sanz as a second father ever since.

“I was at the European Championship in 1996 with the French national team, suddenly, I get a call from my coach, Aime Jacquet,” said Karambeu.

“He warned me and told me to come to his room urgently. All of a sudden, the coach gives me the phone and tells me I have a call. It was Lorenzo Sanz, the president of Real Madrid, who wanted to sign me. I didn’t believe it,” said the current Strategic Advisor for Olympiacos.

“At first, I thought it was a joke. I said yes. And I kept my word. I’m a man of my word in life. He was a gentleman who always supported me, at all times. I spent six hard months without playing for Sampdoria, and the president encouraged me, making me feel calm,” he said.

Karembeu won the World Cup, European Championship and a Confederations Cup with France, as well as two Champions League trophies and an Intercontinental Cup with Real Madrid.

By Ofhani Munyai

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