GPTV SPORTS DESK: Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz died on Saturday after contacting coronavirus, his son announced. He was 76.
Lorenzo Sanz was hospitalized with novel coronavirus, which has claimed more than 1,320 lives in Spain.
“My father has just passed away. He did not deserve this ending and in this way. One of the best, bravest and hardest-working people I have ever seen. His family and Real Madrid were his passions,” tweeted his son, Lorenzo Sanz junior.
Real Madrid took to Twitter to announce the death of Lorenzo Sanz.
Official Announcement: Lorenzo Sanz has passed away.#RealMadrid— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) March 21, 2020
Sanz was in charge of the Spanish giants from 1995-2000, overseeing two Champions League titles.
“With Lorenzo Sanz as president of Real Madrid, the club won two European Cups and an Intercontinental Cup, a league title, a Spanish Super Cup, a basketball league title and the Saporta Cup,” the club write in a separate tweet.
Sanz Jr, a former professional basketball player, three days ago said that his father had been admitted to a Madrid hospital after suffering from coronavirus symptoms.
Current Real Madrid captain and Spanish international Sergio Ramos, who with teammates is in quarantine after one of the club’s basketball players tested positive for the virus, hailed Sanz.
“Very sad day for Real Madrid. Lorenzo Sanz connected yesterday and today with two numbers for history — 7 and 8,” tweeted Ramos in reference to the key Champions League titles.
“His death saddens us even more in these difficult days in which we find ourselves. My deep condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace,” read the tweet.