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Francisco Gento
Gento with Leo Horn , Di Stefano (cropped).jpg
Gento in 1959
Personal information
Full nameFrancisco Gento López
Date of birth(1933-10-21)21 October 1933
Place of birthGuarnizo, El Astillero, Spain
Date of death18 January 2022(2022-01-18) (aged 88)
Place of deathMadrid, Spain
Position(s)Outside-left
Youth career
S.D. Nueva Montaña
Union Club Astillero
Rayo Cantabria
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1952–1953Racing Santander10(2)
1953–1971Real Madrid428(128)
Total438(130)
National team
1956Spain B1(0)
1955–1969Spain43(5)
Teams managed
Real Madrid Castilla
1974Castellón
1977–1980Palencia
1980–1981Granada
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Gento, Leo Horn, Alfredo Di Stéfano and Faas Wilkes in 1959
Francisco "Paco" Gento López (21 October 1933 – 18 January 2022) was a Spanish football player, who played as a left winger. He was voted by IFFHS (International Federation of Football History and Statistics) as the greatest Spanish footballer and 30th greatest world footballer of the 20th Century.
Gento began his career at Racing Santander in 1952 and moved to Real Madrid the following season. He appeared in a joint record eight European Cup finals, winning a record six, as well as winning 12 La Liga titles. In a 14-year international career, Gento earned 43 caps for Spain, playing at the World Cup in 1962 and 1966.
Following the death of Alfredo Di Stéfano, Gento was appointed the Honorary President of Real Madrid. He remains the only player in the history of football to have won the European Cup 6 times.
Contents
1 Club career
2 International career
3 Personal life and death
4 Legacy
5 Career statistics
5.1 Club
5.2 International goals
6 Honours
7 See also
8 References
9 External links
Club career
He débuted in the Primera División with Racing Santander in the 1952–53 season. He was still playing mostly for the B team at Santander when a flu virus saw him promoted to the first team ahead of a home game against Real Madrid. Such was his performance in the match, that Madrid signed him three days later. He would become a legendary player for the capital club, wearing the number 11 shirt, and is regarded as one of Spain's greatest players.
La Galerna del Cantábrico (The Gale of the Cantabrian Sea), as he was known, played outside-left and was noted for his skills with the ball and his scoring prowess from the midfield position. In 1967, following Alfredo Di Stéfano's departure and Ferenc Puskás's retirement, he became the captain of a young side, known in Spain as Ye-yé, because of the popularity of The Beatles at that time.
Among other honors, Gento won the European Cup a record six times with Real Madrid between 1955 and 1966, being the only Madrid player to figure in all of the wins. He contributed with 30 goals in 89 European Cup career matches.
Gento played in eight European Cup finals, with a 6–2 record, and he also appeared in a ninth European final appearance in the 1970–1971 Cup Winners' Cup final that Real Madrid lost to Chelsea. He holds this record jointly with Milan's Paolo Maldini, who has an inferior 5–3 record. Gento's legendary Real Madrid teammate, Alfredo Di Stéfano's 5–2 record comes third.
Domestically, he would collect 12 La Liga titles during his time with Madrid. He would score 128 times in 428 league appearances for the club, a strong return for a winger, especially as he was often providing goals for teammates Alfredo Di Stéfano and Ferenc Puskás.
After he retired from football in 1971, he decided to take up coaching. He took charge of various lower-league teams, such as Castilla, Castellón, Palencia, and Granada. In the end, he accepted a post working as an ambassador for Real Madrid throughout Europe.
International career
Gento played for Spain from 1955 to 1969, winning 43 caps and scoring 5 times.
Personal life and death
Gento's two younger brothers, Julio (1939–2016) and Antonio (1940–2020) also played football professionally; the latter played for Real Madrid, too, but they were not as successful as their older brother Francisco.
His nephews were also athletes – José Luis Llorente and Toñín Llorente played basketball, whilst Paco Llorente and Julio Llorente were footballers. Grand-nephew Marcos Llorente, son of Paco Llorente, is also a footballer.
Gento died on 18 January 2022, at the age of 88. Real Madrid said in a statement, "Real Madrid would like to express its condolences and its love and affection to his wife Mari Luz, his sons Francisco and Julio, his granddaughters Aitana and Candela and all his relatives, colleagues and loved ones, he will always be remembered by Madridistas and all football fans as one of their greatest."
Legacy
Regarded as one of the greatest Spanish players of all time and one of the greatest ever players in his position, Gento was an extremely fast left-winger, with excellent vision and technical ability, which made him an effective assist provider. In addition to his control and creative ability, he was also a goalscoring threat due to his striking ability from distance.
Career statistics
Club
Club
Season
Division
League
Copa del Rey
Europe
Total
Apps
Goals
Apps
Goals
Apps
Goals
Apps
Goals
Racing Santander
1952–53
Primera División
10
2
4
0
0
0
14
2
Real Madrid
1953–54
Primera División
17
0
4
0
0
0
21
0
1954–55
24
6
3
0
0
0
27
6
1955–56
29
7
6
3
7
1
42
11
1956–57
27
7
2
0
8
1
37
8
1957–58
28
7
5
1
6
3
39
12
1958–59
21
7
5
2
8
1
34
10
1959–60
27
14
6
3
6
2
38
18
1960–61
28
9
8
3
2
1
38
13
1961–62
25
6
9
4
10
2
44
12
1962–63
25
7
4
1
2
1
31
9
1963–64
24
12
2
0
9
3
35
15
1964–65
23
4
3
0
6
5
32
9
1965–66
28
10
3
3
9
3
40
15
1966–67
20
11
5
0
4
0
29
11
1967–68
24
8
0
0
7
5
31
13
1968–69
26
8
2
1
2
0
30
9
1969–70
25
3
5
1
3
2
33
6
1970–71
7
0
2
0
6
0
15
0
Total
428
128
74
22
95
30
606
178
Career total
438
130
78
22
95
30
620
180
International goals
#
Date
Venue
Opponent
Score
Result
Competition
1
14 October 1959
Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain
 Poland
3–0
3–0
1960 European Nations' Cup qualifying
2
2 April 1961
Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain
 France
2–0
2–0
International Friendly
3
30 October 1963
Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland
 Northern Ireland
0–1
0–1
1964 European Nations' Cup qualifying
4
23 June 1966
Riazor, A Coruña, Spain
 Uruguay
1–1
1–1
International Friendly
5
31 May 1967
San Mamés, Bilbao, Spain
 Turkey
2–0
2–0
UEFA Euro 1968 qualifying
Honours
Real Madrid before the 1966 European Cup Final against FK Partizan
Real Madrid
La Liga (12): 1953–54, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69
Copa del Rey (2): 1961–62, 1969–70
European Cup (6): 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1965-66
Intercontinental Cup (1): 1960
Small Club World Cup (1): 1956
Latin Cup (2): 1955, 1957
Individual
World Soccer World XI: 1960, 1961, 1962
Golden Foot Legends Award: 2004
World Soccer: The 100 Greatest Footballers of All Time
IFFHS Legends
Records
Most La Liga titles: 12
Most European Cup titles: 6
Most European Cup final appearances: 8 (tied with Paolo Maldini)
Most major trophies with Real Madrid: 24
See also
List of La Liga players (400+ appearances)
List of Real Madrid CF records and statistics
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