Leonardo claims he had a big say in Milan signing ‘Kakà, Thiago Silva, Pato, Rivaldo’

By Oliver Fisher -

Former AC Milan director Leonardo has made the bold claim that he helped bring four Brazilian stars to the club, reflecting on his time with the Rossoneri.

Interviewed by L’Equipe, Leonardo talked about his past with the Rossoneri and how he grew both as a sporting director and as a man after his playing career was finished, with his comments relayed by SempreMilan.it.

“I spent 13 years at Milan as a player, coach and manager. There I trained as an executive. Adriano Galliani gave me a rare opportunity in football. He put me next to him and for me it was like going to university,” he said.

Leonardo also gave some market background and claimed that he was in large part responsible for the discovery of Kakà, Thiago Silva and Pato who went on to have fantastic careers at the club, as well as the signing of Rivaldo from Barcelona.

“I lived six years looking at the person who decided everything without the weight of responsibility within a club that has won everything. Allowing me to have my say, to act, as done with Kakà, Thiago Silva, Pato, Rivaldo. Milan was continuity at the highest levels. Then, I think Paris has given me the most mixed emotions,” he said.

Leonardo came back to Milan in the summer of 2018 as part of a new look board that Elliott Management put together after taking the club from Yonghong Li. He negotiatied the signings of Gonzalo Higuain, Mattia Caldara, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Samu Castillejo and Diego Laxalt, plus Lucas Paqueta and Krzysztof Piatek in January, before returning to PSG.

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    1. He was first betrayed by Milan, specifically Berlusconi who in the last 7,8 years of his ownership was Milans worst enemy.
      Berlusconi was also the reason Seedorf left. Seedorf quit playing football mid-season in Brazil, to come and coach Milan after they finally fired that bum Alegri 2 years too late.
      Some fans also like to insult Pirlo because supposedly he betrayed Milan but it was Milan who betrayed Pirlo and didn’t offer him a contract at just 30 years of age.
      It’s not always someone else’s fault, the club did some people dirty

  1. What he said is very true, both Berlusconi and Galliani liked Leo slot, and trusted his council, he will always be a legend and a gentleman, my only issue with him is , he should have been patient the second time he came back, but once Elliott told them their wouldn’t be massive buying, he and Gattuso decided to leave, Gattuso too behaved inpatiently, he was just beginning his coaching career, he should have embraced the project, where is he now, moving everywhere without success and stability…

    1. Gattuso didn’t leave because Milan wasn’t going to spend, Gattuso was fired, he just agreed to terminate his contract by mutual consent so Milan doesn’t owe him the rest of his salary.
      Maldini didn’t like his tactics, Gattuso is a great leader and motivator but Milan played boring football

  2. this guy is currupt and unprofessional as shit and now claiming that he brought Kaka or others then why you failed second time. Kaka and Pato was bought by Ariedo Braida. Overall people forget about every success of Milan was with Braida when he left the club for Barcelona Galliani was like headless chicken and started to buy players like Honda, Muntari and etc. All of Ariedo Braida work people assign to stupid Galliani.

    1. +1!

      You are right that Braida is very much underestimated/under-apprieciated while the smooth talker Leonardo tries to steal Braida’s work as his own.

      Leonardo is a shamless liar, who betrayed Milan and brought the greedy Dollarboy to PSG.

      The traitors are always ended up in the same place. Birds of a feather.

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