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Berlusconi steps aside at Milan

Published: Wednesday 29 December 2004, 0.43CET
Italy's prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has resigned as AC Milan president after 18 years in charge.
Published: Wednesday 29 December 2004, 0.43CET

Berlusconi steps aside at Milan

Italy's prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has resigned as AC Milan president after 18 years in charge.

Silvio Berlusconi has resigned as AC Milan president following a new Italian law that forbids the country's prime minister to have other managing roles in private companies or clubs.

Proud of record
"It's very hard for me," said Berlusconi, who is stepping down after more than 18 years in charge at the San Siro. "However, Milan have won more trophies than any other club in the world in these 18 years. I can only be proud of the job I have done here."

Many trophies
Berlusconi bought Milan in 1986 when the club was facing a period of severe crisis and immediately built one of the most successful sides in Italy's history with Arrigo Sacchi, the then relatively unknown coach. Since then Milan have won 22 trophies: seven Italian league titles, four European Champion Clubs' Cups, two European/South American Cups, one Coppa Italia, four UEFA Super Cups, and four Italian Super Cups.

Maldini praise
Milan have not yet announced the name of Berlusconi's successor. "I'm sure it was a very difficult decision," said Milan captain Paolo Maldini, who has spent all of his career playing under Berlusconi. "However, I'm sure he will not abandon us even if he will no longer be president. He will always support us because he loves this club."

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