This month we delve in to ‘The Golden Boy’ of Italian football. Gianni Rivera is widely regarded by some as the greatest Italian to have played the game, and his play making ability is true testament to that claim. He is the 4th most capped player in Milan History having played 648 matches and he also has the 3rd most goals for the club behind only two of the greatest of all time in Nordahl & Shevchenko with 164.
Starting his career at his hometown club of Alessandria at the age of fifteen, he quickly made headlines and after one year with them in the Serie A a deal was made for Rivera to join Milan and the rest is history. With Milan he went on to win 3 Scudetti, 4 Coppa Italia & 2 Champions Leagues amongst other accolades. In 1969 he won the Ballon d’or at the age of 26 & was the first Italian footballer to do so.
A true hero of both Milan & Italian football, we were privileged to have such a star of the game represent our shirt and the name Gianni Rivera will forever be synonymous with our beloved Milan.