The first team and coaching staff of Real Madrid soccer held an emotional minute of silence on Tuesday before beginning training in memory of Francisco ‘Paco’ Gento, former player of the white club and Spanish international, the only one in the world with six Cups of Europa, who died at the age of 88. “This morning we have had the bad news that a club legend has passed away: Paco Gento. He has played 18 years at this club, winning 6 European Cups and 12 Leagues. We show him our respect and observe a minute of silence in his memory” , communicated the Italian Carlo Ancelotti to the squad.
Social networks have flooded with condolences for Real Madrid and thanks to the Whites’ coach for his words before the minute of silence. “Carletto is Real Madrid. How glad I am that time is proving me right. His first dismissal was absolutely unjustifiable. Hopefully he will continue for many years”, “Carlo Ancelotti is a man from head to toe”, “it is humanly impossible for Carlo You may not like Ancelotti. In fact, regardless of the club you are, it is normal that you empathize with him and his ways”, “thank you Ancelotti for that gesture”, “what a great detail from the coach before today’s training session”, “a Lord of football”, are some of the messages that can be read on Twitter that has surrendered to the way in which Ancelotti has said goodbye to Gento in the face of the sepulchral silence of the squad.
UEFA fires Gento as ‘Real Madrid legend’
UEFA dismissed Paco Gento as a “Real Madrid legend” and noted that he was “a key figure” in the team that won the first five European Cups and that he is the only player to have won the tournament six times. A pioneering left winger for his fast football and low center of gravity, Gento came to Real Madrid from Real Racing Club in 1953 and enjoyed unprecedented success during his 18 seasons in the Spanish capital. He reviewed the career of the former player who died today.
He also highlighted that Gento scored in the 1957 and 1958 finals and that he captained Real Madrid in 1964 and 1966 and won the title again in the latter year after two runner-up finishes.
UEFA highlighted that Gento shares the record for the most European Cup finals played with the Italian Paolo Maldini and that, nicknamed “the Bay of Biscay’s gale”, he had “a brilliant career” in which he played 600 games for his club and 43 with the Spanish team. The body included in its farewell message Gento’s words in an interview with uefa.com in 2006, in which he said that “it was an immense pleasure to play with so many magical players” and that “winning the European Cup is truly the most big”.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.