On Thursday, Silvio Berlusconi’s 31-year presidency in charge of AC Milan came to a close as the sale of the club to Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux was completed.
Silvio Berlusconi, a charismatic, controversial, yet great conductor, penned a heartfelt letter moments after his beloved AC Milan was sold to Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux Thursday afternoon. Here is the English translation (via acmilan.com):
“I today leave, after more than thirty years, the ownership and the presidency of AC Milan I do it with grief and emotion, but knowing that modern football, to compete at the top level in Europe and in the world, needs investments and resources that only one family cannot support.
I will never forget all the emotions that AC Milan gave me and to all of us. I will never forget all the people thanks to whom I had the chance to become the President of this Club that has won so much.
First of all, of course, the great coaches and the great players who made all our achievements possible, achievements that will forever be part of football history. It would be impossible to thank them one by one: to all of them a big hug.
The same hug I wish to give to all the managers and the staff who made of AC Milan not only a team but a model club in the world of football. Among these people, the first one to thank is Adriano Galliani, who was our engine and the person who tirelessly built this club.
But most of all, my deepest thank you from the bottom of my heart goes to our fans. To the millions of supporters who filled the stadiums to shout Forza Milan, to all the others, even more, who being physically far away showed us their support with great enthusiasm. Without all of them, our glorious AC Milan wouldn’t have existed and would not exist today. Together with them, we won everything there was to win. I have in my eyes and in my heart, thousands of different moments where the affection showed by our fans was something extraordinary and really touching.
What I want to say to them is that – although today I leave this position – I will forever be AC Milan’s first fan, the team my father taught me to love when I was a child, the dream that we made come true together.
I wish the new management to achieve even more great results than we did.
To those who are staying, the players, the coach, the staff, to all our fans, to each and every one of them, from the bottom of my heart, I wish them to reach their goals and make their dreams come true, both in sport and in life, for them and their loved ones.
Once again, thank you all.”