Former Real Madrid striker and honorary president Amancio Amaro dies

    Former Real Madrid striker and honorary club president Amancio Amaro has died at the age of 83.

    Moving to Madrid from Deportivo de la Coruña in 1962, right-hander Amancio scored 155 goals in 471 appearances for the Creams.

    In addition to winning nine league titles and one European Cup with Madrid, Amancio played a prominent role as Spain became European champions in 1964, finishing third in that year’s Ballon d’Or voting.

    After retiring, Amancio coached Castilla Madrid to a second-tier title in 1984, helping develop Emilio Butragueño and others, before being named honorary president of the club following Paco Gento’s death the previous year.

    The club said in a statement: Real Madrid, its President and Board of Directors deeply regret the death of Amancio Amaro, Honorary President of Real Madrid and one of the great legends of our club and world football.

    “Together with Paco Gento Amancio, he led Real Madrid after five consecutive European Cups and represents the values ​​that have shaped the history of our club.

    Amancio Amaro has passed away at the age of 83. All Madrid players and all football fans will remember him as one of the great legends of this sport.

    Real Madrid extends its condolences to all Real Madrid fans. Rest in peace.”

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