The old Rossoneri side faced on Monday night the Spanish giants Real Madrid veterans, for a charity match at the San Siro stadium. Apparently, Milan old fellows are better than Real’s…
A duel between two legend-teams is always exciting, especially when you’re talking about two clubs like AC Milan and Real Madrid – the best European clubs in the world, who have the much of success in the Champions League stage.
The charity match is a yearly clash, to the honor of Stefano Borgonovo, former Milan and Fiorentina striker. Despite the age of the legends, the match is playing throughout 90 minutes.
Those 90 minutes were certainly enough for the home side, to make double damage in the Los Blancos goal with Marco Simone and Diego Fuser scoring for Milan. Zinedine Zidane didn’t take place at the match, and wasn’t even called up despite he’s in wonderful condition, while Milan got up with the big guns, which included also Leonardo, Ancelotti and Van Basten.
Before the match started, the biggest moment of the match took place, when Borgonovo himself came on the pitch. The former striker tore up in point of moment, while the crowd was chanting his name loudly and applauded his courage.
Milan side was better on the pitch with such of likes Marco Van Basten, Franco Baresi, Alessandro Costacurta, Stefano Nava, Zvonimir Boban, Maurizio Ganz, Marco Simone, George Weah, Pietro Paolo Virdis and many other notable players on the pitch.
Real Madrid maybe didn’t came with the best squad they could have reached, but still, it named the past starts of the Spanish giants, with Emilio Butragueno, Manuel Sanchis and Jose Emilio Amvisca. All of them together made a great and very fun match to watch. In this kind of occasions, the age is not the matter.
“I must admit that it was a very nice feeling to be back playing again,” former AC Milan captain Franco Baresi was quoted as saying to Sky Sport24.
“It is not the first time I’ve been back, as there have been two matches played for the Borgonovo foundation before, one in Florence and one in Brescia, but this time it was at the San Siro, my home.
“I hope that this serves to attract the public to get behind this great cause, as it is very beneficial for all involved,” Baresi said and added:
“I still remember Stefano [Borgonovo] when he was young, handsome and strong. I remember how terrified we all were when we heard what had happened. He is fighting like a lion, just as he did when he played against his opponents. He was in support for us tonight on the sidelines, to thank us and encourage us.”
More AC Milan legends than talked, but not about the old Milan the played with, as they tipped and criticize Milan as for today. Marco Van Basten, who was a great Rossoneri striker, doesn’t understand Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi way this time, after was under his charge between 1987 to 1993 seasons.
“I must admit to being surprised by [Milan owner Silvio] Berlusconi’s policy,” he is quoted as saying in the Corriere dello Sport. “I remember that Milan ruled the market twenty years ago. The truth is that if you don’t buy, improving the squad becomes difficult.
People claimed the resigning of Marco Van Basten from his position as Ajax coach in May was only to get a job at AC Milan. However, Van Basten doesn’t know what to say.
“I don’t know how to answer that at the moment,” he smiled. “I don’t know what will happen in the future. But, if Leonardo will not win, it won’t be his fault,” Van Basten said, and added on Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, after coached him at Ajax:
“He has always scored and I believe, and hope, he will do plenty here too,” said van Basten. “After all, he is exactly what Milan need.”
Another Milan striker who spoke after the match was George Weah, as well as Basten – he chose to talk about AC Milan today and not about the match against Real Madrid. Weah suggested Eto’o to be the new him at Milan, despite he’s in the wrong side of the street.
"Milan won the first match, and lost the second. It just happened to be in the derby," Weah said to Repubblica.it. "I am saddened when Milan has a bad week. I agree, the match ended 4-0 to Inter, but only a year ago, it ended 6-0 for Milan."
"This is football, but it could have also occurred with Kaka on the pitch. It is not enough to have one player who can change the course of the match," Weah told about Kaka, who left for Real Madrid during the summer transfer market.
"We need to give Leonardo some time because he is an intelligent person. He can construct a really strong squad."
Borgonovo, who was born on the 17th of March, 1964, has made 13 appearances for Milan in the late 80s, at Fiorentina, he managed a total of 67 appearances, including one-year loan from AC Milan. His strength and courage in such difficult times is an inspiration to us all.
AC Milan Squad: Ancelotti, R. Baggio, Baresi, Boban, Carbone, Colombo, Costacurta, Donadoni, Eranio, Evani, Fuser, F. Galli, G. Galli, Ganz, Lentini, Leonardo, Mannari, Mussi, Nava, S. Rossi, Sacchi, Simone, Stroppa, Tassotti, Van Basten, Weah.
Real Madrid C.F. squad: Alfonso, Amavisca, Buyo, Butragueno, De Las Heras, Esnaider, Gallego, Geni, Ivan, Juanma, Julio Llorente, Karanka, Koke Contreras, Mesas, Morales, Ramis, Sabido, Sanchis, Velasco, Victor.
By Meytar Zeevi, Rossoneri Blog