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“In ’79 Berlusconi gave me a billion and it changed my life. I welcomed his daughter Barbara to Milan as the new Garibaldi» – Corriere.it

from Claudio Bozza

“Sports” on the proper hand of Knight and Senator, very comfortable at quantity 2, is nice for my psyche and life. The solely president and couldn’t have a political successor, really experimenting with Angelino Alfano went awry. Our life collectively was like that of the film Escape to Victory

We are in the coronary heart of Brera. House of Adriano Galliani ballroom. Stream of reminiscence and anecdotes. He, born in ’44, nearly jumped. He nonetheless hasn’t misplaced his adrenaline: After 110 years, I realized my mom Annamaria’s dream: bringing Monza to Serie A. And I cried out loud. He then revives the tape and tells of a time when his life changed perpetually: a assembly with Silvio Berlusconi (and a billion lire previous). Not to point out the Covid battle: I’m alive and properly. But it isn’t the similar as earlier than, to be good.

Close your eyes: your first reminiscence?

When I was 5 my mom took me to the stadium for the first time: as a youngster I mentioned that when I grew up I wished to be president of Monza, and that was it. I realized to learn on Gazzetta dello Sport. My mom owned a small transport firm. I waited for the drivers to go away throughout the break: I bought in the automotive, stole Magpie and learn every thing.

He is the second-finest winner. Are you concerned on this definition? Absolutely. I have had a good likelihood in my life: to be second, however with Silvio Berlusconi.

What was the secret to being one?

I am deeply saddened and envious of the President. Making him his second quantity is nice for my psyche and my life.

Can you inform me precisely when your life changed?

I keep in mind how it was now: November 1, 1979. Berlusconi invited me to dinner at Arcore. He requested me if it was my Elettronica Industriale, a small firm that introduced international tv manufacturers to Italy (Telemontecarlo and Swiss TV) I was ready to construct three nationwide networks. I mentioned sure. He replied: “Well, you’re value it”. I paid billions of previous lire to 50% of my firm: I have by no means disclosed to anybody. I added, nonetheless, since I was the proprietor of the group: “I’m right here to work day and night time to make targets, however I have to comply with Monza dwelling and away”. Berlusconi checked out me in amazement.

After 42 years, do you continue to name your self a lady?

Lei sounds. I keep in mind a reply from Cesare Romiti when he requested her why she was speaking about lei to a lawyer: “Lei doesn’t take away a relationship, however it offers a lot of freedom”.

Then you received it all with Milan …

We have received 29 trophies out of 48 for all of Milan, since 1899. And now we’ve received Serie C and B and Monza.

Now Berlusconi, after two years of absence from Covid and well being issues, has returned to Rome and introduced a new delivery in the area. as the everlasting return of Nietzsche?

Berlusconi, like all historians, has a distinctive emotional cycle. They have extraordinary data and concepts. He did this as a result of he noticed that the heart-proper wanted Forza Italia. towards right-to-right. The president is beneficiant and when he feels the want, he offers of himself and does what is required.

If you evaluate your journey with a film, what would it be?

Run to Victory, as a result of there may be every thing: politics, love, group. Also Every Sunday is Al Pacino.

At San Siro you proceed to take pleasure in in an simple manner. But inform us the fact: why did you promote Milan? Are you repentant?

This is a query that must be requested of Silvio Berlusconi. I am a factor and not a head. I am an athlete and I put all my expertise into reaching this aim. But the choices to purchase and promote Milan, such as shopping for Monza, are for the president solely.

A really tough query. Monza Milan: the final day of the subsequent competitors. As in Sassuolo this yr: The Rossoneri are taking part in the Scudetto. You swear, who will be comfortable?

I would have loved the group that at the time wanted extra factors. Monza has been in my coronary heart since delivery. I lived in Milan for 31 years. Obviously they’re two very loving folks.

How does Carlo Ancelotti steal from Parma? What did you discover most about your former participant who later turned a coach, who received the 4 Champions League?

Do you assume I simply went to Seville in your son’s wedding ceremony? In 2001 he was on his manner to Calisto Tanzi to signal with Parma. In Milan we’ve determined to change coach: I name Ancelotti. He informed me: “I have given a likelihood to Tanzi”. The subsequent morning I went to Carlo’s home. It was the first time in my life that I had breakfast with lambrusco, culatello, salami and parmesan. And we happy him.

The hit market that you’re most happy with?

Well, eight Gold Balls have handed from Milan … But the strongest participant is Marco Van Basten. Ariedo Braida understood that it was unusual. We went to Amsterdam a number of instances to see him and Berlusconi: Luigi’s father was there too. We realized he was nice. While the neatest thing was Gullit. In August 1986, we had been in Bermuda. At one level the president mentioned: “Tonight Milan will play quadrangular in Barcelona”. We boarded a airplane and flew there. Berlusconi, as a showrunner, instantly noticed this PSV large, with a giant stage: with ropes, of shade, he was a defender. The president went loopy: “We have to discover him!”. By 1986, international gamers couldn’t be bought. The yr of courting and in 1987 we received, after a lengthy dialogue.

Who will probably be Berlusconi’s successor in the Forza Italia management?

Silvio Berlusconi can not have heirs. The purpose is exclusive. But not a downside at the moment: any heirs can wait.

Why is there no actual successor to be discovered? Angelino Alfano tried, however failed miserably.

it is inconceivable to make an inheritor.

Amid a new descent into the area, Berlusconi recalled the risks of communism. But do you imagine that there’s a hazard in Italy?

totally different communism, represented by free and left-wing ideologies. Then after all, there is no such thing as a extra Stalin and Beria. When I meet Berlusconi he all the time talks to me about Don Sturzo: he was clearly a center-class politician. Without him there may be solely freedom.

But the president could have made a mistake, is not he?

His governments have accomplished a lot. But mediation between two totally different allies such as the Northern League and the National League in the South has vastly lowered the transition.

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tales of when he angered Knight …

India (smile, ed). I keep in mind when Franco Tat was CEO of Fininvest. The group was closely in debt and, earlier than exposing it, was deeply disturbed: all the cash had to be accepted by him upfront. He despatched a letter saying: Stop! That night I purchased Marcel Desailly, 10 billion kilos, nameless. I hid for a number of days, since I carried out the operation with out informing the president. But Boban was injured and it was solely the yr we received the Championship and Champions Cup.

However, Berlusconi was outraged when he appointed his daughter to oversee AC Milan …

I give up my job. I may have gone to China. Berlusconi invited me to Arcore in the night and I informed him that Milan’s two-headed group was inconceivable. “Find the reply”, medi. It was the day Alfano left Forza Italia. And Silvio informed me: “Today Angelino is gone, you possibly can’t go both.” I replied: “I obey”, like the new Garibaldi.

How is Milan managed?

I don’t reply, as a result of I am a shut pal of mayor Beppe Sala.

They had additionally promised him that he would symbolize the mayor. Why?

actual. I did not, as a result of I have a ball in my coronary heart. It takes me a lot of time. And the mayor of Milan absolutely dedicated, day and night time.

Transfer market specialists name him “Condor” due to his imaginative and prescient and capability to select. Which politician are you able to rent for one more get together?

I like Pier Ferdinando Casini very a lot. But here is the feeling once more.

In the finish, all he wanted was Parliament. And he went there too, to the Senate.

Berlusconi has been giving it to me since 1994. I all the time refuse. 2018 was the first summer time with out soccer for a few years so I agreed. But don’t use me: Silvio nonetheless doesn’t know, however I will learn at the moment from this dialogue.

He risked his life for Covid.

I was terrified. I didn’t obtain the vaccine, as there was no stage of carpet. I had pneumonia in each international locations. I was rescued by Professor Alberto Zangrillo, who didn’t contain me. I had 10 liters of air. I have lived my entire life in entrance of me. Eleven days in the intensive care unit. Water: I am not Hadrian as I used to be. I’m not very offended. What I like has changed, I turn out to be calmer.

What is after this earthly life?

I imagine there may be a future. I have religion. I’m most likely not very cautious: I didn’t respect all 10 Commandments.

Yes, he has three wives …

I assume somebody will decide us after dying. I’ve made many errors, however I nonetheless really feel good.

How to develop?

This sport towards Monza, to title one other movie, The Last Dance.

June 18, 2022 (changed June 18, 2022 | 08:36)

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