Inter CEO Beppe Marotta has been recognised for his services to Italian football, being awarded the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.



The football director emerged at Sampdoria, spending six years with the Ligurian outfit from 2004 to 2010 before making the jump to Juventus, helping kickstart a new era of dominance with the Old Lady.

Marotta was an important figure in the Juventus management and spent eight years at the club, helping them win seven Scudetti and four Coppa Italia. He left Turin in 2018 to join Inter, helping them win the league title after a decade-long wait.

As reported by TMW, at the Verdi Hall of the ‘Giuseppe Verdi’ Conservatory of Music in Milan today, Marotta was awarded the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, becoming a ‘’Cavaliere’ (Knight).

Speaking at the ceremony, Marotta was overjoyed with the honour.

“This award is very pleasing to me and represents the crowning achievement of my more than 40-year career. I am very proud to receive it and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have been close to me and worked with me over all these years.”

The Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, which allows for the post-nominal letters OMRI, is the highest-ranking honour of Italy. There are six ranks – Knight, Officer, Commander, Grand Officer, Knight Grand Cross and Knight Grand Cross with Collar.

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