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Former Spanish international Quini ‘The Wizard’ dies after heart attack

Former Spanish international Enrique Castro ‘Quini’ has died aged 68, after suffering a heart attack on Tuesday.

The former striker collapsed whilst walking near his home in the northern city of Gijon, where he was enjoying retirement from the game and it has been confirmed that he suffered a heart attack.

Quini, played for Sporting Gijon between 1968 and 1980, making over 400 appearances for the club.

He also played for Barcelona during his career, winning five league titles with the Catalan club, whilst also gaining the Pichichi award on five occasions.

Having represented Spain, Quini played in the 1978 and 1982 World Cups for the national side and was widely known by the nickname ‘Wizard’.

The former attacker was famed for being kidnapped and held at gunpoint during his career, being rescued by Spanish police after 25 days in captivity.

During that incident, Quini was absent for Barca’s title hopes in the 1981 season, but his absence saw them fail to win their remaining four games and miss out on the title.

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Countless tributes flooded social media, with both Sporting and Barcelona showing their respects, whilst La Liga confirmed that a moments reflection would be held before the midweek league games.

La Liga News UK would like to send their thoughts to the family of Quini.


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