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Former Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Miguel Angel Gonzalez dies at 76

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Former Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Miguel Angel Gonzalez dies at 76

Former Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Miguel Angel Gonzalez passed away at the age of 76, leaving behind a legacy as one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of the sport. Miguel Angel dedicated 18 seasons of his career to Real Madrid, playing for the capital club from 1968 to 1986.

During his time with Real Madrid, Miguel Angel achieved remarkable success, winning two UEFA Cups, eight Spanish league titles, five Spanish Cups, and one League Cup. His contributions to the team were instrumental in establishing Real Madrid’s dominance in Spanish football during that era.

Miguel Angel’s talent was not limited to the club level. He represented Spain on 18 occasions and participated in both the 1978 and 1982 World Cups. His performances on the international stage further solidified his reputation as one of the finest goalkeepers of his generation.

Following his retirement from playing, Miguel Angel remained closely connected to Real Madrid. He took on various roles within the club, including serving as a goalkeeper coach and director of the former training complex Ciudad Deportiva.

In December 2022, Miguel Angel was diagnosed with ALS, a form of motor neurone disease. Despite his health challenges, his contributions to the sport and his impact on Real Madrid’s history will always be remembered.

Real Madrid CF expressed their deep sadness over the loss of Miguel Angel Gonzalez. In a statement, the club extended their condolences and affection to his wife, Maria del Pilar, his son Miguel Angel, his grandchildren Daniela and Mauro, his family, his teammates, and all his loved ones.

This article was updated 3 weeks ago

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