Flares, Bengalos, Zlatan: After the Scudetto, AC Milan completely freaked out

Flares, Bengalos, Zlatan
After Scudetto, AC Milan completely freaks out

The youngest squad, the most exciting professionals: After the title party for the surprising triumph in Serie A, AC Milan want to remain at the top in the long term. An upcoming change of ownership should not change anything – the future of an old star is still open.

In the middle of the night, the Milan pros handed their fans the championship trophy, with Zlatan Ibrahimović raising the golden trophy in triumph. And the tifosi on Piazza Gino Valle, which had suffered for more than a decade, freaked out under the glow of flames and Bengali fire. Milan and Italian football are back in red and black.

After eleven years you can celebrate.

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After years of mediocrity and now a surprisingly excellent season in Serie A, AC Milan players and officials are enjoying their coup. “Some did not believe in us, some laughed at us, and today we are champions,” said Ibrahimović about Milan’s 19th league title. “It’s an incredible satisfaction.”

A worthy 3-0 victory over US Sassuolo sealed their victory in the table ahead of city rivals Inter Milan – the defending champions finished two points behind. Milan’s wild party began on the pitch in Sassuolo: Ibrahimović picked up his medal with a fat cigar in his mouth, defender Theo Hernandez sprinkled coach Stefano Pioli with champagne. “I have wanted to celebrate with Tifosi all year,” said the coach, who was hugged and high-fived by dozens of fans after the Milan fans stormed the pitch peacefully.

Championship finally exciting again

“Fabulous Milan” was the headline in the daily “Gazzetta dello Sport”. Monday night, the next part of the championship party takes place with the team’s open-top bus parade through Milan.

In one of the most exciting Serie A years in a long time, AC Milan won as a collective ahead of Inter, SSC Napoli and also the former league champions Juventus Turin: The big stars were more likely to be identified in the squads from rivals before the start of the season. “No one bet a lira on us,” said captain Alessio Romagnoli, “but we believed in ourselves from the start.”

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Ibrahimović fights his way through the crowd.

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With an average age of around 26 years, this team is the youngest team to win the title in Italy since the mid-1990s – and this despite two old hands: 40-year-old Ibrahimović, after his twelfth championship title divided into five clubs, wants over the next few days to consider whether he continues or ends his career. 35-year-old Olivier Giroud, who played a crucial role in the success of goals in the derby against Inter (2-1) and on the final day in Sassuolo, is firmly planned for next season.

Young people forget departures

But the youngsters stood out even more: Portuguese Rafael Leão was named Serie A’s most valuable player. “He made the difference – all year,” Ibrahimović said. Sandro Tonali has become a fixture in midfield and will also help the national team make a comeback. In defense, Fikayo Tomori and Pierre Kalulu forgot Romagnoli and Simon Kjaer’s absence, and so did Mike Maignan EURO goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma’s departure.

Thanks to the age structure, a new era could begin. “Let’s hope this is just the beginning of a future that smiles for Milan,” said Paolo Maldini – once a pitch icon who became manager – after his first title as Rossoneri’s technical director. “This should be a starting point, not the goal,” Maldini added.

The forthcoming change of ownership should not stop the increase. US investment firm Elliott, which is owned by founder Paul Singer – who participated in a game for the first time on Sunday – is selling most of its stake in Milan to Redbird, another US-based investment firm. According to media reports, Elliott will remain on board as a minority shareholder. Elliott is said to have invested around 740 million in four years at AC Milan – the club was most recently estimated at 1.3 billion. And the championship title could drive the purchase price up again.

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