President of Barcelona visited the funeral of a historic Madrid

The sporting rivalry that exists between Barcelona and Real Madrid was left aside when the president of the Catalan club, Joan Laporta, attended Paco Gento’s funeral

The president of FC Barcelona, Joan Laporta, He went to the burning chapel of former soccer player Paco Gento, installed in the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, to bid the last farewell to the Real Madrid legend and convey his condolences to the family and managers of the white club.

Laporta, accompanied by his team, arrived at the Bernabeu to bid farewell to the ‘Galerna del Cantábrico’, honorary president of Real Madrid, who died this Tuesday at the age of 88.

The Blaugrana president did not make any statements to the media and after 30 minutes he left the white stadium accompanied by Florentino Pérez and Emilio Butragueño, to whom he said goodbye affectionately


Joan Laporta, president of Barcelona, ​​who went to the Santiago Bernabéu on Wednesday to Paco Gento’s burning chapel to offer condolences to Real Madrid and the former soccer player’s family, said that he learned from the legendary white winger how to handle the rivalry between two rivals Like both clubs.

Laporta recalled that he was lucky enough to meet Gento, who died this Tuesday at the age of 88, “at the official meals that are held between the two clubs” and learned “a lot about how the rivalry between two great clubs like the Barca and Madrid”.

The Barça president sent his “deepest condolences to the Madridista family” in statements to Real Madrid Television in the funeral chapel, in which he asserted that Gento was “one of those players who praise football”.

He was a simple man, who had a point of sarcasm, I was much younger than him and I learned a lot about how rivalry should be handled and beyond the fact that we are two clubs that compete to win in the same competitions almost always above everything else are the people. It was a great experience to have known him“, he insisted.

Laporta recalled that “it was the extreme classic” that all clubs are now “looking for”, but “he had the virtue that in addition to having footballing quality he was very fast”. In this sense, he recalled a television program in which it was explained that “since the rivals already knew him, because of the place where he ran, the left wing, they set traps for him”, as well as that he remembered that the ball in his time was much more hard and they had to display a lot of force.

He was a player who has been a reference for what a born winger is in football. In addition, playing with Puskas and Di Stéfano, they are one of those strikers -and at Barça we have had very good ones- who are a world reference“added the top Barcelona president.



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