ARIEDO BRAIDA has officially walked out of the Milan office after nearly 28 years working for the Rossoneri.
One of the most important figures at Milan since Silvio Berlusconi took over the club in the year of 1986 and turned it into the most successful club in the world, has left today and will not be part of the ‘new’ management of the red & black giants.
Barbara Berlusconi wanted to lead a more comprehensive change at Milan but since Silvio Berlusconi blocked Adriano Galliani’s departure, the revolution off the football pitch will be more moderate. Braida, however, has paid the price of it.
“The club have announced that Ariedo Braida will leave the club today. He was a precious collaborator for a very long time, characterised by prestigious results that must also be attributed to his important work,” a statement on Milan’s website reads today. Braida acted as the director of sport in the last years but was the general manager of Milan from 1986 to 2002.
“I thank President Silvio Berlusconi and Vice-President Adriano Galliani for these 28 years. All the best to the Milan fans and all those who have Milan in their soul,” Braida wrote, thanking Milan. Ariedo has offers from Sampdoria, Monaco and clubs in Turkey and will probably not stay unemployed for a long time. Braida played a key part in the signings of many players including Marco Van Basten, Frank Rijkaard, Andriy Shevchenko, Ricky Kaka, Alexandre Pato and Thiago Silva.
Braida, who was less active in the recent years, mainly due to family reasons, will most likely be replaced by Hellas Verona Sporting Director Sean Sogliano. Sogliano will act as Galliani’s right-hand man and like Braida, will scout other leagues.