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Real Madrid’s final goodbye to Paco Gento

Paco Gento Funeral Photo by Oscar J. Barroso/Europa Press via Getty Images

Pretty well everyone you can think of, from past legends like Raul Gonzalez and Fernando Hierro, to Barcelona president Joan Laporta, attended today’s goodbye ceremony for Real Madrid legend Paco Gento, who passed away this week.

Burning Chapel Of Paco Gento Photo by Oscar J. Barroso / AFP7 via Getty Images

Burning Chapel Of Paco Gento Photo by Oscar J. Barroso / AFP7 via Getty Images

Paco Gento Funeral Photo by Oscar J. Barroso/Europa Press via Getty Images
Burning Chapel Of Paco Gento Photo by Oscar J. Barroso / AFP7 via Getty Images

It was another emotional day, as everyone came to pay their respects to one of the all-time great figures in Spanish football history. After the ceremony, Gento’s remains were moved to his hometown of Guamizo in Spain, where his body was buried.

Attending the burial were president Florentino Pérez, second vice president Eduardo Fernández de Blas, Cantabria president Miguel Ángel Revilla, diresctor of institutional relations of Real Madrid, Emilio Butragueño, and Real Madrid legends Jose Santamaría, Amancio Amaro and Pirri.

From Real Madrid’s official website:

Guarnizo, the small town in Cantabria where Paco Gento was born in 1933, has played host to the final farewell to our president of honour. One of the greatest players in our club’s history and a legend of world football, Gento passed away on Tuesday, aged 88. Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez attended the burial alongside Emilio Butragueño, Real Madrid’s Director of Institutional Relations.

Here’s the tribute given by Managing Madrid’s Kiyan Sobhani and Matt Wiltse from Tuesday: