Barcelona legend Fuste dies, Real Madrid pay tribute

By Sports Desk April 20, 2023

Barcelona legend Josep Maria Fuste has died, the club announced on Thursday.

The former midfielder was 82.

Fuste played 406 times for the Blaugrana over a 12-year spell at the club from 1960 until 1972, scoring 117 times.

A product of the club's academy, he enjoyed a loan spell with Osasuna – which coincided with doing military service in Pamplona – during the early 1960s before establishing himself as a fixture in the Barca team.

Known for his speed, technical ability and ferocious shot, Fuste was a Barca great in his era and helped them to three Copa del Rey crowns, plus one Fairs Cup title.

He was later a pre-candidate in the Barcelona presidential elections in 1989 and then served as an advisor to the club's board from 2010.

"Barca fans everywhere will always remember you. Rest in peace," said a tweet from Barcelona's official Twitter page.

Fuste was also a part of the Spain team who won the 1964 European Championship, a success Barca made no reference to in their announcement.

Clasico rivals Real Madrid did acknowledge that achievement as they also paid tribute to Fuste, however.

"Real Madrid, its President and its board of directors are deeply saddened by the death of Josep Maria Fuste, a legend of Barcelona and Spanish football, who was a member of the Spanish national team that lifted the 1964 European Championship," a spokesperson said,

"Real Madrid would like to express its condolences and affection to all his relatives, team-mates, clubs and all his loved ones."

 

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