Former striker Ronaldo sees the new military leader who died on May 22, Luigi Simoni is the best coach he has worked with.
“To me, Gigi Simoni is not just a football coach,” Ronaldo wrote Instagram on May 22 after learning that the old teacher passed away at the age of 81. “Thinking of him, I thought of a good and intelligent person. Gigi did not force his students to do something. Instead, he sought a way explain to you why those things are important and necessary. “
Simoni took office at Inter in the summer of 1997, at the same time as Ronaldo – the superstar striker was bought from Barca for 28 million euros world record then. Together, this pair of teachers and students achieved success by helping Inter win the UEFA Cup, and finished second in Serie A – five points behind the champions Juventus. But in the 1998-1999 season, Simoni was fired by Inter in November 1998, after some unsatisfactory results.
1997-1998 is also the most beautiful season of Ronaldo in Inter shirt. He scored 25 goals in 32 Serie A matches in a total of 34 goals on all fronts. This season also saw Ronaldo’s classic dribble, through Lazio goalkeeper Luca Marchegiani, setting up a 3-0 victory for Inter in the UEFA Cup final.
“Thinking of Gigi, I think of a teacher, as in this picture, the picture we took at Christmas 1997: he is the conductor, and our players are a symphony orchestra,” Ronaldo continued. . “That’s how I remember him, a gentleman always smiling, with a warm voice and valuable advice. In fact, we can and will win more titles, but as Gigi once said. , we have achieved success together. ”
“Thank you Gigi. You taught me more than you envisioned,” the Brazilian legend emphasized at the end of the message.
Former Inter president, Massimo Moratti also mourned and mentioned the best memories when talking about Simoni. Petrochemical billionaire told ANSA: “My heart sank when I heard his wife call to announce Gigi ‘s death. It was a gentlemanly military man, whom I always felt enthusiasm and passion for.”
Moratti also regretted that Simoni could not reach the scudetto in 1998. Inter under Simoni then competed fair with Juventus until the last stage, but collapsed after a controversial 0-1 defeat on the rival field on 26 / 4/1998. It was a match that Juventus midfielder Mark Iuliano seemed to have committed a foul on Ronaldo, but referee Piero Ceccarini waved his hand, refused to give Inter a free kick, and Juventus ended up with a 1-0 victory. Juventus was crowned only a few days later, and Inter was pitying second.
“He was also a great coach in Inter history, who helped the club win an important European Cup. Gigi should have won another scudetto, a title he deserved, but people did. prevented him and Inter from doing that, “Moratti added.
Simoni, born in 1939, plays a public play for several Italian clubs including Napoli, Juventus and Genoa. He started his career as a military coach in 1974 with Genoa after wearing shoes for the club. Success with a small team helped Simoni catch the eye of Moratti in the summer of 1997.
But after leaving Inter in 1998, Simoni did not gain any further success. He also failed to go abroad to work with Bulgarian club CSKA. Simini suffered a stroke at his home on June 22, 2019 and has been in serious danger ever since until his last breath.
Nhat Tao (follow Corriere dello Sport)