Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz , who was hospitalised with coronavirus , died on Saturday at the age of 76, his son announced .
Sanz was in charge of the Spanish giants from 1995 – 2000 , overseeing two Champions League titles .
“ My father has just passed away . He did not deserve this ending and in this way, ” tweeted his son , Lorenzo Sanz junior .
“One of the best , bravest and hardest- working people I have ever seen .
His family and Real Madrid were his passions . ”
Three days ago , Sanz Jr . , a former professional basketball player , said that his father had been admitted to a Madrid hospital after suffering the symptoms of the coronavirus which has killed more than 1 , 320 people in Spain .
Sanz claimed a place on the Real Madrid board in the mid – 1980 s, when the president was Ramon Mendoza.
He replaced Mendoza as president in 1995.
With Jupp Heynckes as coach and star players such as Davor Suker , Roberto Carlos , Clarence Seedorf , Fernando Hierro and Raul, Real won the Champions League in 1998 by beating Juventus in the final .
It was their seventh European Cup but first in 32 years.
Two years later , in Paris, Real claimed an eighth by beating Valencia in the final .
However , that same year , Sanz was ousted as president by Florentino Perez , who opened a new era at the club , adding five more Champions Leagues in two decades.
Current club captain and Spanish international Sergio Ramos , who with teammates is in quarantine after one of the club ’ s basketball players tested positive for the virus, hailed Sanz .
“ Very sad day for Real Madrid . Lorenzo Sanz connected yesterday and today with two numbers for history — 7 and 8 , ” tweeted Ramos in reference to the key Champions League titles.
“ His death saddens us even more in these difficult days in which we find ourselves .
My deep condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace . ”
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