NEWS | 03/03/2017
I would like to express my deep sadness and offer my condolences to his family, friends and everyone close to him. He set a precedent for both sporting and human values.
My thoughts are also with everyone involved with French football, especially fans of Stade de Reims, who have lost an icon.
Those of us fortunate enough to know him were able to witness his passion for Real Madrid. He arrived at our club thanks to Santiago Bernabéu in 1956 and became a legendary figure at the club.
He was part of a unique and unforgettable team, with an inimitable front line: Kopa, Di Stéfano, Rial, Puskas and Gento helped to turn Real Madrid into the greatest club of all time. As a forward he captured the hearts and imaginations of all fans of the sport and he played a key part in FIFA recognising the club as the best of the 20th century.
Whilst wearing the shirt of Real Madrid, he won three European Cups, two LaLiga titles and the Latin Cup. In 1958, he won the Ballon d'Or
But much more so than his trophies and what his presence on the pitch meant, Raymond Kopa was the embodiment of this institution and its values and as madridistas, we will always remember him as one of our icons.
His enormous presence at the club contributed to Real Madrid becoming the greatest story in the history of football".