Tributes for Luis Aragones have been pouring in since news of his death emerged this morning.
The former Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Spain boss passed away overnight at the age of 75, and members of the football community have been paying their condolences to the tactician.
“RIP Luis Aragones,” Fernando Torres posted on Twitter. “Thank you mister. I can’t say enough how much you did for me.”
Andres Iniesta echoed the same sentiments, saying: “Thank you for everything you taught us, for everything you gave us. Farewell mister. RIP.”
Current La Roja Coach Vicente Del Bosque meanwhile, told reporters: “I saw my messages at 7am. I knew he had some health problems, but I never imagined it would lead to this.
“It is a sad day for Spanish football. We have lost a key man in the history of our sport.”
Napoli’s Rafa Benitez was also shocked and saddened by the news: “I have just received the news of the sad passing of Luis Aragonés this morning in Madrid,” he wrote on his official website.
“Both as a player and Coach was one of the great football legends. He was a reference point for many generations of football players, Coaches and fans of our sport.
“My condolences and thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues and fans. Rest in peace, the great ‘wise man of Hortaleza’.”