Spanish football player Paco Gento has died at the age of 88. He was a player who helped real Madrid win the European Cup for five consecutive times between 1956-1960.
Paco Gento also captained the Real Madrid team that won the cup for the 6th time in 1966. He delivered more titles at Europe’s biggest tournaments than any other footballer.
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The Greatest Football Player in Spain
Paco Gento never missed a European Cup match between 1955 and 1970. In his day, he made 80 appearances.
In all he participated in eight European Cup finals, winning 12 Medals and playing 43 times for Spain in 195502969. He also played in the World Cup finals in 1962 and 1966.
Dubbed the Cantabria Sea Storm
Alfredo Di Stefano who is “The Grand Panjandrum of Real Madrid” is his former rival. But he was positioned as an Argentine left winger in the early 1950s. It was Héctor Rial who taught Gento how to harness his speed, making him nicknamed La Galerna del Cantábrico aka The Cantabria Sea Storm.
Joined Real Madrid at a young age
Gento was born in the village of Guarnizo located in the Cantabria region of northwestern Spain. At the age of 19, Gento joined the nearest big club, Real Santander. But he only had time to play in 10 league games before Real Madrid invited him to join in 1953.
Paco Gento’s European Cup debut
In 1955 Gento earned his first Spain cap in a 1-1 draw against England in Madrid. The following year in Paris he played in his debut in the European Cup final against Reims.
He won a European Cup medal, although he did not score. It was followed in the 1959 and 1960 finals against Reims and Eintracht Frankfurt.
Paco Gento’s record
In 1962 and 1964, Real Madrid suffered defeat. Gento captained the team and Real Madrid won 2-1 over Partizan Belgrade in 1966 in Brussels. The victory listed him as a six-time world cup record holder.
At the end of his career until 1971, Real Madrid failed to compete in the European Cup final. But he appeared in the final match of the 1971 European Cup Winners’ Cup and won the domestic competition. In total, Paco Gento has scored 182 goals in 600 games for his team.