‘Destined to fail’, Ancelotti warns Milan after Maldini’s release


Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has said that clubs that prioritize business over sporting merit are “destined to fail” and believes that the dismissal of Paolo Maldini proves “a lack of historical culture and a lack of respect for Milan’s tradition”.

The legendary former defender was suddenly sacked on Monday after a meeting with new owner Gery Cardinale.

The Reds have a new project in mind, based on the so-called ‘Money-ball’. Milan want to sign promising young players with a massive use of research and algorithms, while Maldini wanted a bigger transfer budget and some experienced signings to raise the bar.

The coach of Los Blancos, Ancelotti, has also spoken about the situation of Maldini and Milan.


“In Madrid, I learned that history must always be respected,” Ancelotti told Il Giornale, when asked about Maldini’s dismissal.

“Here, Di Stefano, Amancio, Gento and Puskas are exclusive values that are still respected.”

“What happened to Maldini proves the lack of historical culture and the lack of respect for Milan’s tradition. It’s true that you don’t win with history, but history teaches you how to win.”

“Football clubs that think business priorities over sporting merits are destined to fail,” concluded the Italian coach.