Real Madrid’s honorary president and legend, who spent 14 years at the club, passes away at the age of 83
Real Madrid legend Amancio Amaro passes away at the age of 83. Amaro appeared 471 times in the Los Blancos shirt and was named the club’s honorary president.
Amancio, an unforgettable legend of Los Blancos
Amaro, nicknamed the Witcher (El Brujo) due to his technical ability, operated as a right attacker. He joined Real Madrid from Deportivo La Coruna in 1962 and spent 14 unforgettable years at Santiago Bernabeu.
In fact, it was at the insistence of Santiago Bernabeu himself that Amaro was signed. Amaro’s signing fee was very high,apparently. Nevertheless, Amaro went on to score 155 goals for Real Madrid over 469 appearances. Amaro won 9 LA Liga titles with Real Madrid as well as a European Cup in 1966. He played a big part in Real being crowned Champions of Europe, as he scored the equalizer against Partizan Belgrade in the final as Real came back to win the match.
Amaro managed to win the European Championship with Spain as well in 1964. He had 42 caps to his name in which he scored 11 goals. That same year Amaro came in third in the Ballon d’Or voting. He has also won two consecutive Pichichi trophies between 1968 and 1970.
Following his passing, Real Madrid released a statement that read: “Real Madrid C. F., the club’s president and its Board of Directors are deeply saddened by the passing of Amancio Amaro, Real Madrid’s honorary president and one of the greatest legends of our club and of world football.
“Real Madrid would like to extend its condolences and sympathy to his wife Consuelo, his children Oscar, Belen, Amancio, Patricia, Marcos and Claudia, his brother Juan Carlos, his grandchildren and all his relatives, colleagues and loved ones.”