Ex-Barcelona and Inter Milan legend, Luis Suarez Miramontes, has passed away at the age of 88.
Luis Suarez Miramontes played for Barcelona and Inter Milan during a glittering career before managing Spain for three years.
He was widely regarded as one of Spain’s greatest ever players.
Miramontes was a midfielder for Barcelona, Inter Milan and Sampdoria during his playing career that ran from 1953 to 1973. Miramontes’ talents were recognised in 1960 when he won the Ballon d’Or.
Miramontes started out at Deportivo La Coruna before making his name at Barcelona, where he played from 1955 to 1961. He helped Barca win two LaLiga titles during his time there.
His crowning personal achievement came in 1960 when he beat Real Madrid star Ferenc Puskss to the Ballon d’Or. He remains Spain’s only male winner of the award.
He retired between 1988 to 1991.
Meanwhile, Inter Milan has written a tribute to the legend. The club wrote: “FC Internazionale Milano, its president Steven Zhang, the Vice President Javier Zanetti, the CEOs Alessandro Antonello and Giuseppe Marotta, the coach Simone Inzaghi and his staff and the entire players and the entire world join in mourning the loss of Luis Suarez and in remembering him, they embrace his family members.”
“Saying goodbye to Luisito leaves us with a deep melancholy: the nostalgia of his perfect and inimitable football, which in fact inspired generations, joins the memory of a unique footballer and a great great player inter player,” the club added.