Former Real Madrid midfielder Ignacio Zoco, who play a key part in the team that dominated La Liga in the 1960s has died at the age of 76.
The ex-Spain international played for Real for between 1962 and 1964 after joining the Santiago Bernabeu side from Osasuna.
Zoco, who played as a defensive midfielder made 434 competitive appearances for Real. His haul of trophies included seven La Liga titles as well as the European Cup in 1966 when Los Blancos defeated Partizan in Brussels. Zoco also featured in the Spain team that won the European Championship in 1964, with La Roja having to wait until 2008 to win it again.
After retiring as a player, Zoco remained closely associated with Real and spent four years between 1994 and 1998 serving as first-team match delegate. He also served on the board of directors.
A statement on the club’s official website read: “He was a member of the midfield of the ‘ye-ye’ Real Madrid side that dominated Spanish football during the 1960s, and in his time as a player for the Whites won one European Cup, seven La Liga titles and two Spanish Cups. His entire life was dedicated to the club, where he was also first-team match delegate from 1994 to 1998. Prior to his death, he had been serving as president of Real Madrid’s association of former players. Real Madrid extends its sincerest condolences to his family.”
Everyone at Realmadridnews.com extends their condolences to Ignacio Zoco’s family.