Carlo Pellegatti, journalist and well-known AC Milan fan, spoke exclusively to TuttoMercatoWeb.com on the great performances that the Rossoneri players are putting on the field on this first day of the World Cup: “The Italian champions are also protagonists in the world: Theo, Giroud and, last in chronological order, Rafael Leao. I am very happy that the Milan players are confirming that they are world champions; it is clear that, with these performances, even the important matches of the round of 16 and – we hope for the quarter-finals – of the Champions League they will see a Milan with players aware of their international strength: if Theo, Giroud or Leao were to become World Champions – there is still a long way to go eh – they would be even more aware of facing opponents of the highest level with dignity. I know there is some disagreement on this, because some would like their players to go home as soon as possible, but I, respecting the opinions ion of all, I am very proud of Leao’s network; I call it a goal with a smile, because he accompanies the shot with a smile.”
Yet, both Theo and Leao started from the bench…
“I’ll add one thing: Giroud hasn’t been called up for several sessions before this World Cup; according to two months ago, the Frenchman would have shown up at Milanello in 10 days… This is good, because it means that these players they play in a competitive team, watched in Europe and which, compared to a few years, is a great visiting card: anyone who comes to Milan knows they come to a team where they can have a thousand opportunities”.
If Leao were to continue with this trend, would the difficulties in renewing it still increase?
“Milan hopes – I think – a good World Cup… Let’s not exaggerate with Leao as absolute top scorer in the World Cup (laughs, ed), because, at that point, instead of being two or three, there would be six or seven teams outside the goal! The difficulties for the renewal certainly increase in the home of excellent performances by Leao”.
But, at the same time, the price of the player in the auction phase for the sale would also increase…
“I answer using the tone of the protagonist of ‘The Great Beauty’: Milan takes part in the auctions, they don’t suffer them”.