Berlusconi: It’s hard to replace me

Silvio Berlusconi, 83, whose Monza joined the Italian Second Division, said he loves his new club as much as AC Milan, whose owner he has been for 31 years. “If Monza and Milan were to meet, I would surely come to the stadium without a joke from the club, because even today my heart beats 50 percent for Milan and 50 percent for Monza,” Berlusconi told TeleLombardia.

Berlusconi became the owner of Monza in 2018, and the club was officially promoted to the Second League this week after the Italian Football Association decided not to continue the race in the Third League, which was suspended due to coronavirus, and Monza was led at the time of completion .

Berlusconi emphasizes that he wants to enter Serie A, with Monza, but he is aware that this would be difficult next season. In the interview, Berlusconi also refers to Milan, which he owned for 31 years (1986-2017), and at that time the club was a five-time European champion (1988–89, 1989–90, 1993–94, 2002–03, 2006-07), and eight times the best in Italy, and won the last national champion title in the 2010-2011 season.

After that, for a year, Milan was owned by Chinese entrepreneur Li Yonghong, and since 2018 is managed by the American investment company “Elliott Management Corporation”. “Quality players, a skilled coach and a club president who supports them are essential to success. I knew everything about each player and they looked at me as a bigger brother. It’s hard to replace me,” Berlusconi concluded.