…..Amancio Amaro Varela (16 October 1939 – 21 February 2023), commonly known simply as Amancio, was a Spanish former football player, nicknamed El Brujo (The Magician). He played outside right for Deportivo de La Coruña, Real Madrid, and the Spain national team.

Real Madrid legend and honorary president Amancio Amaro has died at the age of 83.

Amancio played for Real between 1962 and 1976, winning nine league titles and a European Cup.

Having joined Madrid from Deportivo de La Coruna in 1962, right-sided attacker, Amancio scored 155 goals in 471 appearances for Los Blancos, as well as winning nine league titles and one European Cup with Madrid.

Amancio played a prominent role as Spain was crowned European champions in 1964, finishing third in the Ballon d’Or voting that year.

After his retirement, Amancio coached Madrid’s Castilla team to the second-tier title in 1984, aiding the development of Emilio Butragueno and others, before being named honorary club president following the death of Paco Gento last year.

According to FOTMOB, a statement on the Blancos’ official website reads: “Real Madrid C.F., its President, and its Board of Directors deeply regret the death of Amancio Amaro, Honorary President of Real Madrid and one of the great legends of our club and world football.

“Together with Paco Gento, Amancio led Real Madrid after five consecutive European Cups and represents the values that have forged the history of our club.

“Amancio Amaro has passed away at the age of 83. He will be remembered by all Madridistas and by all football fans as one of the great legends of this sport.

“Real Madrid extends its condolences to all Real Madrid fans. Rest in peace.”

After retiring from playing, Amancio was still involved at Santiago Bernabeu before his death.