Real Madrid legend and two-time European Cup winner Enrique Perez dies aged 82 after long battle with illness as Sergio Ramos pays his respects to ‘one of the greats’
- Enrique Perez, known as Pachin, played for Real Madrid between 1959 and 1968
- Perez died aged 82 in hospital in Madrid after a long battle with illness
- The former defender won La Liga seven times and the European Cup twice
Real Madrid legend and two-time European Cup winner Enrique Perez has died aged 82.
Also known as Pachin, Perez passed away after a long battle with illness.
The former defender was taken to hospital in Madrid last month after his condition deteriorated.
Real Madrid legend Enrique Perez (seventh in from right) has passed away aged 82
Perez played for the Spanish giants between 1959 and 1968 – a period in which Real won La Liga seven times and lifted the European Cup twice in 1960 and 1966. He also played eight times for Spain.
Real confirmed the news on Wednesday and said in a statement: ‘Real Madrid, the club’s president and the Board of Directors are deeply saddened by the passing of Enrique Perez Pachin, one of the great legends who wore our club’s jersey between 1959 and 1968.
‘Real Madrid would like to express its condolences and its warmth and sympathy to his wife Mercedes, his daughters Cristina and Mercedes, his grandchildren Javier and Cristina and all his relatives and loved ones.
‘During his nine seasons at Real Madrid he played 218 games and won two European Cups, one Intercontinental Cup, seven Spanish Leagues and one Spanish Cup.
‘He was also an international with the Spanish national team.
‘Pachin passed away at the age of 82. Real Madrid, the club to which he was associated with throughout his life, extends its condolences to all of madridismo.’ Real captain Sergio Ramos tweeted: ‘RIP.’
Perez left Madrid in 1968 before joining Real Betis where he stayed for a year ahead of a move to Toluca.
He returned to Madrid in 1973 where he managed the club’s youth side for a season.
A managerial career which spanned 16 years followed with stints at Valladolid, Levante and latterly Granada.
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