Real Madrid Mourns the Loss of Club Legend Miguel Angel Gonzalez
In a somber announcement on Tuesday morning, Real Madrid shared the heartbreaking news of the passing of one of their most beloved figures, Miguel Angel Gonzalez. Through an official statement released on social media and the club's website, Real Madrid and its President and Board of Directors expressed their deep sadness at the loss of this revered goalkeeper.
Miguel Angel Gonzalez, a true legend of both Real Madrid and Spanish football, leaves behind an incredible legacy that will forever be etched in the history books. Real Madrid extended their heartfelt condolences and affection to his wife, Maria del Pilar, his son Miguel Angel, his grandchildren Daniela and Mauro, as well as his family, teammates, and all his loved ones during this difficult time.
During his illustrious career spanning eighteen seasons from 1968 to 1986, Miguel Angel achieved remarkable success with Real Madrid. His contributions to the club's triumphs included two UEFA Cups, eight League titles, five Spanish Cups, and one League Cup. In the 1975-1976 season, he was also awarded the prestigious Zamora Trophy for being the best goalkeeper in La Liga.
Not only did Miguel Angel excel at the club level, but he also represented his country on the international stage. He earned 18 caps for Spain and proudly donned the national jersey in the FIFA World Cups held in Argentina in 1978 and on home soil in Spain in 1982. His performances showcased his talent and made him a highly respected figure among football fans worldwide.
Miguel Angel's dedication and commitment to Real Madrid were unwavering throughout his life. After his retirement as a player, he continued to serve the club in various capacities, including as a first-team delegate, goalkeeper coach, and director of Real Madrid's former Ciudad Deportiva.
The loss of Miguel Angel Gonzalez, at the age of 76, is an immense blow to the Real Madrid family and all Madridistas. His everlasting presence as a player, mentor, and ambassador for the club will be deeply missed. Real Madrid pays tribute to the remarkable career and character of this legendary goalkeeper.
It is worth noting that Miguel Angel faced his own personal battle towards the end of his life. In December 2022, he was diagnosed with ALS, a debilitating neurological disease. Real Madrid publicly expressed their support for Miguel Angel in his fight against this illness, demonstrating their solidarity and admiration for him.
As we bid farewell to Miguel Angel Gonzalez, we remember the immense impact he had on Real Madrid and the footballing world. His legacy will continue to inspire future generations, and his memory will forever be cherished. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and all those whose lives he touched. Rest in peace, Miguel Angel. You will never be forgotten.