Madrid, died Saturday after contracting coronavirus, according to multiple reports. He was 76 years old.
Sanz’s son, Lorenzo Sans Duran, confirmed the death on Twitter saying in Spanish, “My father has just died. He didn’t deserve this ending and in this way. One of the best, bravest, hardest-working people I’ve ever known leaves us. His family and Real Madrid were his passion. My mother and my siblings enjoyed all of his moments with pride. RIP.”
A former director, Sanz became president of Real Madrid in 1995 and served until 2000. He signed players such as Davor Suker, Pedrag Mijatovic, Roberto Carlos and Clarence Seedorf for the club, as well as Steve McManaman and Nicolas Anelka, making the Frenchman the most expensive player in the world at the time when he joined for £22.3m from Arsenal in 1999.
In 1998, Madrid finally won the European Cup for the first time since 1966, beating Juventus 1-0 in the final in Amsterdam thanks to a goal from Mijatovic. The séptima or “seventh”, always referred without needing to mention the competition itself, sparked the biggest sporting celebrations the city had ever seen with an estimated half a million people on the streets. Two years later Madrid were European champions again but that same summer Sanz lost presidential elections to Florentino Pérez. Sanz also presided over one league title, a Spanish Super Cup and an Intercontinental Cup.