Galliani suggests Monza promotion gave more joy than Milan UCL wins

By Euan Burns -

Former AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has suggested that the promotion he gained to Serie A as Monza CEO gave him more emotion than winning five Champions Leagues with the Rossoneri.

Speaking at AC Monza’s Christmas celebrations, Calcio e Finanza reported Galliani as saying to the crowd that he felt more emotional when Monza got promoted to the top flight of Italian football for the first time than when Milan won repeated Champions League trophies under him.

Galliani became an executive at Milan in 1986 and in the period that he was at the club, Milan won five of their seven European Cups/Champions Leagues.

Due to the connection that he has had to Monza all his life, having been born in the town, there was more to the promotion for him than the trophies.

“At 11.12pm on May 29, I was crying (at the end of the promotion play-off in Pisa), because a dream I had been chasing since I was a child came true,” Galliani said.

“I have been a Monza fan since I was five years old, I was born here and I had already been a manager of the club before arriving at AC Milan.

“One of the things I did best of all was to make president Silvio Berlusconi a Monza fan too. Without him it would not have been possible to achieve all this.”

Monza started their first season in Serie A very poorly but after changing managers, they have been able to rise out of the relegation places.

Tags AC Milan Adriano Galliani Champions League Monza
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