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Roberto Carlos: “I am who I am because of Lorenzo Sanz and I will always be thankful”

The Brazilian legend praised the former Real Madrid president, who passed away last March.

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Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos completed his move to the club when Lorenzo Sanz was in charge of Real Madrid. The Brazilian left-back then became a club legend and he wanted to praise the former president, who passed away last March.

“He’s the one who brought me here and I am who I am in Real Madrid because of him, I will always be thankful. Goyo Benito, Radomir Antic, Michael Robinson —I used to talk with him before the games— we remember all of them,” said Roberto Carlos about the passing of those four men.

Roberto Carlos is right. Lorenzo Sanz saw something when the Brazilian left-back was with Inter and decided to take advantage and sign a player who then became one of the best left-backs in the history of football.

Sanz sadly passed away due to Coronavirus in March.

He was the president who gave us madridistas the long-awaited European Cup after a 32-year absence. We madridistas will forever remember him as the president who brought hope and joy flooding back on the 20th of May 1998 in Amsterdam. We’ve lost a fine madridista who dedicated a large part of his live to what was both his and his family’s greatest pleasure: Real Madrid. Lorenzo’s passion was undoubtedly Real Madrid and those emotions remained present in him throughout the last few years,” wrote Real Madrid president Florentino Perez after the passing of Sanz.