The record holder of the European Cup has passed away at the age of 88

26 May 2022 | 08:53 | Football

Real Madrid homepage confirmed that the legendary Paco Gento passed away on the afternoon of January 18 (Hanoi time), at the age of 88.

“The entire Real Madrid team, President and leadership team deeply mourn the passing of Paco Gento, the honorary president of Real Madrid and one of the greatest legends of world football,” the statement read. there is a paragraph.

Born in 1933, Gento is the only player in football history to win the European Cup 6 times. Even when Europe’s most prestigious tournament changed its identity and format to the UEFA Champions League starting from the 1992/93 season, no monument could reach the Spanish legend’s record. The two players who closely follow Gento’s record are Paolo Maldini and Cristiano Ronaldo (5 times).

Gento holds the record of winning the European Cup. Photo: Reuters .

Gento holds the record of winning the European Cup. Photo: Reuters .

Gento is the god of Real Madrid in 6 European Cup championships of the Spanish royal team. Playing as a left winger, Gento is nicknamed “The Storm on the Cantabrian Coast” thanks to his speed and technical kick. With Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas and Raymond Kopa, Gento led Real Madrid to dominate the European Cup from 1956 to 1960.

After the pillars declined due to age, Real Madrid lost its position in the European Cup to Benfica, AC Milan and Inter Milan. However, in 1966, the 33-year-old Gento dominated the new Real Madrid squad that won the 6th European Cup. Di Stefano and Kopa were no longer wearing the “Los Blancos” shirt.

It was also the last European Cup that Real Madrid had until the 1997/98 season.