There are flags, players who have linked their name almost exclusively to a team, the legends, or players who were also lucky enough to raise trophies and experience the most shining moments in the history of the team of which they were flags, and then there are the institutions, elements whose name will remain forever connoted to a certain club, regardless of their palmares. Manolo Sanchis he is a legend of Real Madrid, despite having won far less, at least internationally, than the players who have worn the Blanca shirt in the last 20 years.
Sanchis, the captain of the Seventh of Real Madrid
The legendary central defender, or stopper as it was called in his day, product of the Real nursery and in the first team between 1983 and 2001, the third player in history with the highest number of games played, 523, after Raul (741) and Casillas (725) has won eight editions of La Liga, but “only” five international titles with Real, the last three of which were well over the age of 30. But having been the captain of the seventh, or the first Champions League of the modern era of Real, won in 1998 in the final against Juventus, 32 years after the last triumph, when the trophy was still called the Champions Cup and in the squad there were Gento and Puskas it was a priceless satisfaction.
“Real Madrid was like a father for me”
Interviewed by ‘As’, Sanchis tried to explain what it means to represent “madridismo”, starting from a curiosity, to then reveal a “betrayal” unexpected …: “I was born on 23 May ’65, the day a Real-Atletico was played at the Bernabeu. Maybe it will mean something … I have seen all the Real Champions Cups live, as a fan, as a player or as a spectator. The only one I lost was the ninth, that of 2002 with Zidane’s goal in Glasgow. I had stopped the year before and I didn’t make it, I suffered too much, I took a break from football. For me, Real was like a father who makes you walk, guides you in the first steps of life, forges your education. Madrid formed my character“.
Sanchis’ background: “Agnelli wanted me at Juve”
Together with Butragueño, Martin Vazquez, Michel and Pardeza of the famous “Quinta del Buitre”, the pokerissimo of players produced by Real’s nursery launched in the first team by Alfredo Di Stefanoand the only one of these to carry out his entire career in Real and win two Champions, Sanchis has also revealed a curious background on the failure to transfer to Juventus, the very team beaten in the final of Champions ’98, which had looked for him twice on two occasions: “I have had many opportunities to change teams. I had offers from Spain, not only from Barcelona, but I knew it was not possible to improve … There have been negotiations with Juventus on two occasions. In the first Mendoza was with Agnelli in the Bernabéu box and received a blank check to sign, but said I was not for sale. I knew later, I told him that he could at least at least tell me and he replied: “Boy, you’re a bitch, shut up.” The second, four years later, when I was in negotiations for the renewal, I saw myself with Juve and promised that if I didn’t reach an agreement with Madrid I would sign for them. I have good memories of Juve also because we won the seventh against them …“.
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