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Bernabéu honours Juanito 25 years after tragic death

The legendary number 7's family have been invited to witness the tribute, which will involve a huge banner in his honour and the seventh minute chant.

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Bernabéu honours Juanito 25 years after tragic death
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In the early hours of April 2nd, 1992 one of the greatest players in the history of Real Madrid lost his life in a road traffic accident while en route from the Bernabéu back to his home in Mérida. Juanito, “the genius of Fuengirola,” was 37 and his death was a huge blow to the Madrid faithful, a large majority of whom identified with the player’s attachment to the club. On Sunday, as Real Madrid host Alavés, the Bernabéu marked 25 years since that fateful night with a homage to the legendary number 7.

Juanito tribute during Alavés game

Juanito’s widow and children were invited to the VIP box at the stadium to witness the tribute while one of his sons, Roberto, received a scarf from the supporters’ club March 6, 1902 Association with the legend: Juanito, eternal on it. A banner with the same slogan was unfurled in the stadium.

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Seventh minute homage to number 7

As always, the fans paid their own tribute in the seventh minute of the game with a passionate rendition of the traditional “ila, illa, illa, Juanito maravilla” chant and huge tifo of the number 7 shirt with the words “your deeds will not be forgotten.”

The number 7 shirt has special significance for Real Madrid fans and has been worn down the years by some of the club’s most legendary players: Raymond Kopa, Amancio, Emilio Butragueño, Raúl and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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