The football world pays tribute to Lorenzo Sanz
The 76-year-old was president of Los Blancos between 1995 and 2000 – a spell that included two Champions League triumphs.
He is often labelled as the man that made way for a generation of success for Real Madrid and the tributes have been flooding in on social media.
“RIP, president,” Iker Casillaswrote on Twitter.
“A big hug to [his] family and friends in these difficult times.”
“And a special thought goes out for those who have also left us because of this fatal virus. Lots of strength to all.”
An important player during Sanz‘s reign, current Real Madrid Castilla coach Raul was among the first to pay his thoughts.
“Rest in peace, president. We will never forget you,” Raul wrote on Twitter.
The current Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, spoke of Sanz’s success in glowing terms.
“A very sad day for Real Madrid,” Sergio Ramos wrote to his followers on social media.
“Lorenzo Sanz connected yesterday and today with two numbers that will remain in history: Seven and eight.
“His death saddens us even more during these difficult days in which we find ourselves.
“My deep condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace.”
Ivan Campo, who played the full 90 minutes of Los Blancos’ eighth European Cup win in 2000 against Valencia, was touched by his former president’s death.
“My deepest thoughts go to his family after the death of Lorenzo Sanz, former Real Madrid president,” Campo wrote on Twitter.
“Thank you for so many things, for looking after me and for helping me in those bad days in your house. RIP.”
LaLiga president Javier Tebaspaid tribute to Sanz’s influence across Spain.
“My condolences to the family of Lorenzo Sanz and especially to his son and LaLiga partner, Fernando Sanz,” Tebas tweeted.
“A president who was essential not only to the history of Real Madrid, but to all of Spanish football, leaves us.
“We pray for him, RIP.”
Rivalries mean very little in such moments, and Barcelona were among those who sent a message of support to the Sanz family.
“We regret the loss of Lorenzo Sanz Mancebo, who was president of Real Madrid between 1995 and 2000,” Barcelona tweeted.
“And we convey our condolences to the club, family and friends. Rest in peace.”