Francisco "Paco" Gento, a former Real Madrid great who is the only soccer player to win six European Cup titles, has died.
Paco Gento, the only footballer to win six European Cups, has died aged 88.
His former club Real Madrid announced Gento's passing on Tuesday but did not give a cause of death.
"Real Madrid C. F., the club's president and the Board of Directors are deeply saddened by the death of Francisco Gento, honorary president of Real Madrid and one of the greatest legends of our club and of world football," read Real's statement on their website.
In addition to the six European Cups, Gento also helped Madrid win 12 Spanish league titles. He played 600 games with the club, scoring 182 goals.
He was later named honorary president of the club and has also made 43 appearances with the Spanish national team.
"He will always be remembered by madridistas and all football fans as one of their greatest."
'One of the greatest'
Having started his career at Racing Santander, Gento joined Real Madrid in 1953 and spent 18 years in the Spanish capital until his retirement in 1971.
Gento played on the left wing in a formidable attacking line-up with some of the greatest names of the era, including Alfredo di Stefano, Raymond Kopa and Ferenc Puskas.
They won five successive European Cups from 1956 to 1960 with Gento surviving a cull of that generation by former teammate-turned-manager Miguel Munoz and going on to lift the trophy for a sixth time in 1966.
Gento's club record of 23 trophies, which stood for over 50 years, was equalled on Sunday by Real captain Marcelo when he came on as a substitute in the Super Cup victory.
Gento won 12 league titles, another all-time record. He has won the most titles in this competition.— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) January 18, 2022
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