Former Real Betis star Luis Marquez dies aged 51 after cancer battle

Real Betis lead tributes to Luis Marquez after their former midfielder dies aged 51 following a long battle against cancer

  • Luis Marquez died on Monday in Seville following a long battle with illness
  • Marquez played over 200 matches for Real Betis between 1989 and 2000
  • The midfielder had been compared to Germany’s Bernd Schuster in his career

Former Real Betis star Luis Marquez has died at the age of 51 after a long battle with cancer, the LaLiga side has announced.

Marquez died in Seville on Monday.

The former midfielder had been a central part of Betis team during his 11 years at the club from 1989 and 2000.

Marquez played 202 matches and scored 15 goals for Betis after coming through the club’s academy.

He helped Betis to secure promotion back to LaLiga in the 1993-94 season, with the Spaniard scoring in a victory over Burgos which confirmed their return to the top flight.

Former Real Betis star Luis Marquez has died at the age of 51 following a battle with cancer

The midfielder had played over 200 matches for Betis during his 11 years with the club

Real Betis highlighted the midfielder’s strength throughout his long battle with illness

He also featured in the UEFA Cup under Lorenzo Serra Ferrer, as well as playing in the European Cup Winners’ Cup when Betis were coached by Luis Aragones. 

Marquez earned the nickname Schuster during his youth career with the midfielder having been likened in appearance and playing style to Germany’s Bernd Schuster, who played for Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in his career.

The Spaniard spent two years at Real Valladolid after leaving Betis in 2000, before ending his career with spells at Pontevedra and Real Jaen.

Marquez retired from football in 2005.

Betis led the tributes to their former midfielder, with the club highlighting Marquez’s strength throughout his long illness, which required him to undergo surgery on several occasions.  

‘Very sad news for the whole Green and White family,’ a Real Betis statement read.

‘Former player Luis Marquez has passed away this morning. 

‘We send all our love and support to his family. Rest in peace.’

Real Madrid also offered their condolences to the Marquez’s family and former clubs. 

‘Real Madrid its president and its Board of Directors deeply lament the passing of Luis Marquez, who played for Real Betis between 1989 and 2000, and wishes to express its condolences and affection to his family, his loved ones and the clubs that he played for. RIP,’ a statement read.

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