Silvio Berlusconi is both a controversial figure as Italy’s prime minister and as the president of AC Milan football club. An unimpressed Berlusconi has apparently requested AC Milan player Ronaldinho to make a special commitment to the team in the upcoming season.
In one of the pre-season friendly matches against Varese, it was reported that Berlusconi asked Ronaldinho to step onto a table in front of the entire team, and pledge that he would behave as a professional for the entire season. The reason is that Ronaldinho had a disappointing last season in terms of goals scored and with AC Milan golden boy Kakà moving to Real Madrid (despite pledging he would stay in the Milan team), fans want a new name to step up to the plate.
In the video from a Ronaldinho fan, you can see the player in action from last season. Aside from number of goals, he’s still got a pair of magic feet. Was Berlusconi’s request unreasonable??
Despite Kakà once saying that his heart was in AC Milan football club, he was recently sold to Real Madrid for a figure probably around 65 million euros. The massive acquisition goes with the club’s purchase of Cristiano Ronaldo, but it seems it’s not enough.
After AC Milan, the city’s other football club, Internazionale, or Inter, could be facing the possibility of losing its star player, Ibrahimovic. Inter won this year’s Italian Serie A championship, with “Ibra” a key part of their success as a team.
Inter’s impressively outspoken Portuguese coach, Josè Mourinho, however, is sceptical about whether Real Madrid’s acquisitions will continue, having already amassed a team of champions. While he says Ibra has no reason to be unhappy with Internazionale, he underlines that you can always imagine a team without a player or without a coach. With none of them indispensable, “it’s only impossible to have Inter without the fans”.
Photo | Calcioblog
AC Milan keeps its star player Kakà and AC Milan fans continue their love-story with the Brasilian born player. After our post on the AC Milan-Manchester City talks of recent days, AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has revealed that the player will stay with Milan, saying that “For him, money isn’t everything”.
Kakà has thanked fans, saying that he is touched by their affection for him which he believes is stronger than often seen in the games of international football stars. Kakà says he chose with his heart, and his family in mind, with support from his wife as the open-faced star reveals his disappointment with rumours in the media of an argument with his father.
After all the speculations and big bucks on the table, it’s time for AC Milan to get back to business and play the rest of the season. And we’ll probably all go back to Italy’s favourite football topic right now: David Beckham and his wife, Victoria who’ve got the country all a-chatter. The Kakà storm in a tea cup is all quite boring in comparison to Beckham’s shopping sprees and Posh’s days out in Italy.
Source | La Gazzetta (the sign in the photo reads, “Silvio, don’t sell Kakà from me”)
These days Italy has done nothing but talk about the possible move of Brasilian AC Milan star player, Kakà, to Manchester City, now owned by the super rich Sheik Mansour. After some back pedalling in recent days, the Citizens representatives have come to Milan, where managing director of Manchester City, Garry Cook, will meet with Kakà’s father and manager, Bosco Leite, in the hope of convincing the Milan player to transfer to the English Premier League.
It may not be an easy task, despite the money on the table, after AC Milan fans’ outpouring for the well-liked Kakà. In the meantime, a meeting at Arcore, near Milan, between AC Milan’s managing director Adriano Galliani and patron Silvio Berlusconi is underway to explore the deal right to the end.
The figures involved could make AC Milan a very rich team in Italy’s Serie A competition, with 111 million euros on offer for the club, six million up for San Paolo due to an old clause in Kakà’s contract of his transfer from Brasil to Milan, and 15 million euros a season for Kakà himself.
The impressive sum for AC Milan could already be chanelled into new player acquisitions from the Premier League, including Agger from Liverpool, and Fabregas and Adebayor from Arsenal. Other possibilities include French player Bayern Monaco, and Frank Ribery who sparked attention from AC Milan two years ago. The money involved proves that Italy’s Serie A is big business, and if AC Milan plays its cards right, Kakà could prove to be the most lucrative player ever for the Italian club. Eat you heart out, Beckham.