Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz passes away after testing positive for Covid-19

MADRID – Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz has died aged 76, his son Lorenzo said on Saturday.

The former Real president was taken to hospital on Tuesday, with newspaper El Mundo saying he had been suffering from the novel coronavirus.

His son, Fernando, who played for Madrid as a central defender and was succeeded as president by Florentino Perez in 2000, said his father had a respiratory disease.

Sanz presided over the club between 1995 and 2000, in which they won two Champions League titles and one La Liga crown among other trophies.

Their 1998 Champions League triumph was the first time they had won Europe’s top prize, which they have lifted a record 13 times, in 32 years.

“My father has just passed away. He didn’t deserve it to end this way. One of the most brave and hard working people who I have known in my life has left us,” Lorenzo Sanz Jr. said on Twitter.

Meanwhile, reports in Italy is also claiming that AC Milan technical director and former International defender Paolo Maldini also tested positive.

His son Daniel, 18, who plays for Milan’s youth team, also had a positive test.

News also broke on Saturday that Juventus forward Paulo Dybala tested positive for the disease and so did his girlfriend.