Former Real Madrid player, and legendary galactico, Francisco “Paco” Gento, who died at the age of 88 this week, is to be honoured with a garden in his name around the newly re-modelled Bernabeu stadium.
Gento, who played with Real Madrid for 18 seasons, from 1953 to 1971, and is the only football player to win six European Cup titles.
In addition to the six European Cups, Gento also helped Real Madrid win 23 official titles, including 12 Ligas, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 2 Latin Cups, 2 Copas de España and a Mini World Cup.
In the 1950´s and 60´s he was part of the legendary team that included other titans of the game such as Kopa, Rial, Di Stéfano and Puskas.
Together they dominated European and Spanish football, winning an unprecedented five European Cups in a row and the team dubbed “king of kings. “
Gento went on to play 600 games with the club, scoring 182 goals.
He was made the honorary president in 2016.
Gento also made 43 appearances with the Spanish national team including the 1962 and 1966 World Cups.
“Paco Gento truly represents all the values of Real Madrid, and has been and will continue to be a reference for Madridistas and for the sporting world,” the club said in a statement. “
He will always be remembered by Madridistas and all football fans as one of their greatest.”
The remodelling of the Bernabeu Stadium will see it with retractable roof, seating for 80,000 fans as well as hotels, restaurants and shopping centre is due to open later this year – the 120th anniversary of the founding of the club.