Twelve times captain of the Spanish national football team, Marti Verges Massa, better known as Martin Verges has been confirmed dead.
The former FC Barcelona player reportedly died at the age of 86 on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.
Naija News understands that Verges’ demise was confirmed in a statement on the official website of the Spanish football club today. A development coming a few hours after suffering a 1-4 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night in the Champions League round of 16 first leg.
The statement reads: “The former FC Barcelona player from the 1950s and 1960s dies aged 86.
“Martí Vergés Massa, one of the great FC Barcelona players of the 1950s and 1960s, has died at the age of 86.
“Born in Vidreres (Girona) on March 8, 1934, Vergés was a skilful, effective attacking midfielder. His partnerships with Enric Gensana and Juanito Segarra enjoyed tremendous success at Barça.”
Naija News understands that the deceased was featured in Spain’s squad during the 1962 FIFA World Cup games. Verges had joined Barcelona at the Under-19 level and was part of the side which won the first Copa de España for the age group, beating SD Sueca 5-1 in the final.
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