Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golder’s News And Sport
Real Madrid icon Roberto Carlos has opened up on how former club president Lorenzo Sanz “helped me become a better person and a better player” after he died from coronavirus,
Brazil legend Roberto Carlos, 46, made the comments during an interview with online newspaper ‘20minutos Sportyou’ where he mourned the loss of former Real Madrid president Sanz, 76.
Local media announced Sanz’s death on Saturday 21st March after he contracted the coronavirus, officially named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization.
Roberto Carlos said: “He brought me to Real Madrid and I’ll always have a lot of affection for him. He helped me become a better person and a better player.
“He was a point of reference in my life and thanks to him I was able to win the titles I had always dreamed of.”
Sanz became Real Madrid president in November of 1995 and helped the club win the Champions League in 1998 (their first since 1966) and 2000.
The former Brazil defender went on to say: “He helped me grow as a footballer but most of all as a person.
“He was always very kind to me and when I needed him most he never abandoned me neither professionally nor at a personal level.”
He ended by mentioning Sanz’s family saying: “A big hug to the entire family, especially his wife who was always close to me.
“Of course, his children, Lorenzo, Fernando and Paco who were also a part of my life for many years like his daughter Malula and her husband, Michel Salgado.
“May he rest in peace and I will never forget him.”
Spain has been one of the most affected countries by COVID-19 with a reported 28,572 cases of the virus leading to 1,756 deaths.
Roberto Carlos played for Real Madrid between 1996 and 2007, helping the club win La Liga four times and the Champions League three times.
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