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Real Madrid legend Antonio Betancort passes away

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The Canarian goalkeeper, who spent ten years in Real Madrid, was one of the heroes of the "Sexta".

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This Sunday morning will be remembered as a sad one for Real Madrid, as we woke up with the news that Antonio Betancort, who played as a goalkeeper for Los Blancos in the sixties, passed away at the age of 78, after having suffered a lengthy illness.

Betancort, who spent ten years in Real Madrid (from 1961 to 1971) was one of the heroes of Real Madrid's sixth European Cup alongside Pirri, Gento or Amancio, as he was able to keep a clean sheet in the semifinal's second leg against Inter despite being injured. As of today, he still holds the record of a Real Madrid goalkeeper to have conceded the least amount of goals in a season (fifteen) and has the best goal-per-game ratio (0.78) among the ten Real Madrid goalkeepers with more league games.

Our players and the Santiago Bernabéu will pay him a tribute by offering a minute of silence before the game against Levante. May he rest in peace.