Adriano Galliani has revealed some interesting tales regarding some players and managers he tried to bring to AC Milan but never did.
Galliani served as the vice-chairman and CEO of Milan from 1986 to 2017 during the Silvio Berlusconi era. During his tenure, Milan won five UEFA Champions League and eight Serie A titles among other achievements.
In the summer of 2018 Galliani became a chairman of his hometown team Monza, the club that Berlusconi now owns, but 75-year-old is still present at San Siro where possible to cheer on the Rossoneri.
Galliani was asked by Sky Italia about any regrets he has from his time at AC Milan, and his words were transcribed by MilanLive.
“I really regret two players: Alessandro Del Piero was offered it to us at €5million by Padua, but we were not convinced, it was an important figure for a very young boy; then he went to Juventus,” he said.
“The other is Cristiano Ronaldo. Here too, Sporting asked for a very high figure for a boy of only 16 years old.”
Totti, on the other hand, cannot be called a regret: “We wooed him for a long time, but he never wanted to leave Roma.”
Galliani also spoke about coaches that he tried to convince to sit on the Rossoneri bench.
“Sarri was one step away from Milan. Pep has never been very close: I called him a few times in his sabbatical year, we tried, but he was never close.”