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