The former president of Real Madrid Lorenzo Sanz passed away after being infected with the COVID-19 virus. The news broke out this Saturday night, and since the start of the pandemic, this is the most famous victim of this terrible disease.
Real Madrid’s Rescuer
Lorenzo Sans Duran, the son of the late Lorenzo, confirmed the information via his Twitter account.
“My father has just died,” he stated.
The 76-year old was in a category which is struck by COVID-19 the hardest, and as such, caught the virus. He’s been in the hospital for several days after developing a fever. Although the doctors assumed that it might be the case of Coronavirus, they had to wait and see the test of the results, which eventually came back positive. Unfortunately, his condition deteriorated and Sanz lost his battle.
He would be remembered as one of the most influential presidents in Real Madrid’s history. In just five years, from 1995-2000, he brought back the old glory this team once had. Under his leadership, the Los Blancos won two Champions League trophies, with the one in 1998 being arguably the most important for this club.
After 32 years of waiting, Real finally got back at the European throne, snapping a drought which frustrated one of the biggest fanbases in the world. Back then, the Madridians defeated Juventus in the legendary finals played at the Amsterdam Arena, with the only goal of the match scored by the Serbian striker, Predrag Mijatovic.
It was the moment once Real started becoming what he is today, a place filled with superstars and an organization that stands above all of its rivals, no matter their status. Sanz signed Mijatovic, Clarence Seedorf, Roberto Carlos, Robert Suker, and several other players, along with landing the fantastic German coach Jupp Heynckes. However, what made him immortal for every Real fan, was the fact that he brought Mijatovic and Suker with his own money, as the organization suffered numerous financial and structural problems at the time. Eventually, that was the reason why he lost the elections in 2000 to Florentino Perez.
That was the year when Real won its second UEFA Champions League title under his guidance, defeating Valencia with 3-0 in the finals played at Saint-Denis.
COVID-19 Troubles in Spain
Although Italy stands as one of the most endangered countries in the world, when talking about COVID-19, Spain is on its way to eclipse them. The county’s health system is pretty close to collapse according to various sources from European media, and the numbers of infected and dead experienced a meteoric rise over the past few days.
During 20th March, more than five thousand people in this country were tested positive for the virus, and the total number of the same now stands at 24.926. More than 1,600 are on intensive care, and the authorities are admitting that this is the limit of the system.
Madrid and the region around the capital are the most threatened with almost 9,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. And that was two days ago. We are sending a message to all our readers to follow the guidelines provided by their health department, and take care of themselves as well as others around them.