Farid Zidane, Zinedine Zidane's elder brother dies of cancer at age 54

Farid Zidane, Zinedine Zidane's elder brother dies of cancer at age 54

- Farid Zidane, Zinedine's elder brother has been reported dead after battling with cancer for sometime

- The French born tactician was excused from Real Madrid's preseason camp earlier this week

- Los Blancos have told Zidane to take all the time he needed before returning to camp

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane suffered a major heartbreak after losing his elder brother, Farid, at the age of 54.

The Frenchman left Los Blancos preseason camp in Canada earlier this week but the only thing the club could say was that he went to attend to personal issues.

It has however been confirmed that the three time Champions League winning manager lost his brother having had to battle cancer for some time now.

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SunSport reports that the Galacticos held a minute silence this morning to pay their tribute to the departed before their early morning ritual in Montreal.

Zidane's son, Luca, who recently joined Racing Santander on loan was also excused by his new club to be with his family.

Reports from the camp of the bereaved claims that Farid was surrounded by his family members before finally giving up the ghost in the early hours of Saturday, July 13.

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Meanwhile, Los Blancos have confirmed the news in a simple message on their official website saying: "All members of the Real Madrid first-team squad held a minute's silence ahead of training in Montreal following the passing of Farid Zidane, the brother of our coach, Zinedine Zidane."

Reports also have it that Zidane made in time to be at his brother's bed side before his death, and Real are said to have given him all the time he needed to mourn before reporting back to camp.

The squad will continue to go through their training programme under the guidance of his assistant David Bettoni.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Ramon Ismael Coronel who is a 17-year-old goalkeeper has lost his life in Argentina while celebrating saving a penalty in a local football match.

He was playing for his side Union de Golondrina in a match coinciding with an annual religious festival.

Tragedy happened around 9pm on Tuesday, July 9, in a village near the city of Reconquista in the north of the province of Santa Fe according to UK Sun.

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