Former Milan players Alessandro Nesta and Leonardo shared their disappointment over Gerry Cardinale’s decision to dismiss technical director Paolo Maldini.



The former defender, who spent the entirety of his 24-year playing career with the Rossoneri, was sacked by the RedBird CEO on Monday following a short but tense meeting, a situation that has thrown the club into chaos.

Fans are outraged over the decision and many are protesting, asking Cardinale to leave Milan following the decision. Maldini helped the club return to the upper echelons of Italian football, guiding them to a Scudetto and back into the Champions League with his smart signings.

Speaking to Sky Sports Italia via TMW, Nesta was asked to give his opinion on Milan’s decision to dismiss Maldini.

“I haven’t heard about it, but it’s a situation devoid of any logic. Foreign owners are welcome in Italy because they bring new money, but they need to study the history of the clubs better, to know what they have won, what certain people have represented, what people love. 

“What’s more, Maldini brought Milan back to win the Scudetto and to play in a Champions League semi-final. He has a strong personality, to me after all these years he still inspires awe, but he’s not presumptuous, and he’s shown that by not saying anything about it.”

Leonardo, who both played for Milan and worked in their management structure, gave his thoughts on Maldini’s sacking to Corriere della Sera via TMW, being equally surprised by the move.

“I am not only astonished, the whole football world is astonished for the way of the dismissal and for the reasons. Milan in the last two years have won a Scudetto and reached a Champions League semi-final. 

“For more than a decade the club have not closed the budget in profit and now are about to do so, not to mention that the overall value of Milan, since Elliott took over from the Chinese, has quadrupled.”

2 thought on “Nesta and Leonardo express ‘astonishment’ over Milan’s sacking of Maldini”
  1. @SoglianoRosario – Ans who are the “WE” I suggest you use “I” because other people people have the capacity to use common sense and reason to understand what Leonardo thinks and care about this particular issue he is addressing. No offence.

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