Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz died on Saturday after being taken to hospital with coronavirus.
During his tenure as president Real Madrid won Champions League twice.
”My father has just died,” wrote Sanz’s son Lorenzo Sanz Duran on Twitter.
”He did not deserve this end in this manner. One of the best, most courageous and hard working people I have seen in my life. His family and Real Madrid were his passion.”
Sanz was responsible for bringing the likes of Roberto Carlos, Clarence Seedorf and Davor Suker to Real, before losing the 2000 presidential election to Florentino Perez, sparking Real’s big-spending ‘Galatico’ era.
Football & Corona
Elsewhere football across Europe has reacted positively in attempts to aid the fight against the pandemic.
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and his wife Anna have contributed one million euros to fight coronavirus.
Team-mates Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich have also set up a fund called We Kick Corona to combat the pandemic and contributed one million euros between them.
Manchester City winger Leroy Sane also made a considerable financial donation.
”We are all aware of the difficult situation,” the Lewandowskis told German daily Bild.
”Today we all play in a team. Let us be strong in this fight. If we can help someone, let’s do it.
In Manchester, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs have made their two hotels available to National Health Service workers free of charge, should they need a room.
In Scotland, Heart of Midlothian captain Steven Naismith has offered to go on half-salary, as Scottish football reels from the Coronavirus fall-out.
“My family and I feel that, through a long career, football has been very good to us,” said Naismith. “Therefore, I personally feel that I can and should accept the 50% reduction in wages.
”I hope this can contribute in some way to the long-term survival of the club at a challenging time and save jobs, especially those that are the lowest earners and hence those who will be struggling the most at this time.
”I know every one of my team-mates have unique circumstances with their finances, homes and families. I can assure everyone they are all doing what they can.”
Other high profile names who have contacted the virus over the past couple of days include, Italian legend, Paulo Maldini, Juventus’ Argentinian international Paulo Dybala and former Manchester United and Everton midfielder now at Shandong Luneng (China), Maraoune Fellaini.
One young, former Irish Premiership player has also been speaking about his Coronavirus experience. 28-year-old ex-Warrenpoint Town striker Lee Duffy now with Newry City said after being in hospital hooked up to oxygen for eight days...
“I could no longer breathe on my own, [was] scared not knowing what was going to happen”.
He later warned “not to take this lightly, it is very serious”.
Evidence if ever it was needed that this virus can serious trouble a fit 28-year-old. It clearly attacks all ages.
Happily, there was a better conclusion for Duffy as recently he tweeted: “As some of you may or may not know, I tested positive for Covid-19 two weeks ago. Luckily I got through it and I’m starting to feel a lot better now.”