Monza Owner Silvio Berlusconi Introduces Bizarre Physical Rules For New Signings Ahead Of Serie A Debut
Monza owner Silvio Berlusconi has announced a number of bizarre requirements for new signings in the transfer market.
Berlusconi, 85, is the former owner of AC Milan and also the longest-serving Italian Prime Minister in history.
He sold the Rossoneri in 2017 and took the reins at Monza a year later.
Next season, the club will play in Serie A for the first time in their history after securing promotion from Serie B through the play-offs.
They've already made moves in the transfer market but Berlusconi is very much taking a traditional approach.
According to Matteo Bonetti, the former politician demands that new additions are Italian and has requests for their physical appearances.
Monza owner Silvio Berlusconi has laid out his physical requirements for players signed in the transfer market— Matteo Bonetti (@Bonetti) July 6, 2022
–– No tattoos
–– No earrings
–– No beards
–– Hair must be neatly styled (the club has a barber on site ready to give free haircuts)
Players must not have tattoos, earrings or beards and their hair is required to be "neatly styled" - to the point where there's even a barber available who can make that happen.
However, it must be said that there are a few exceptions to these regulations. Ambitious as ever, Monza have been linked with the likes of Mauro Icardi and Paulo Dybala and the pair of Argentines would surely be given a pass.
The I Biancorossi have just snapped up Italy international Matteo Pessina on loan from Atalanta and immediately made the former youth product their new captain.
Monza have signed Matteo Pessina on a loan deal with an obligation to buy from Atalanta. The Monza youth product has been named captain of the club. pic.twitter.com/MSUjwm64nm— Football24/7 (@foet247europa) July 7, 2022
Monza were still in Serie C, the Italian third tier, when Berlusconi got involved with the club and he ranks their achievements above the success Milan experienced.
“I am still the most winning football president in the world, thanks to my Milan," Berlusconi said, as per Tribal Football.
"But this time, thanks to Adriano Galliani, who convinced me to take on this new adventure three years ago in Serie C, we made something extraordinary: give a place like Monza a spot they deserve in Serie A.
“Personally, I want to be the protagonist. Perhaps, not in the first season, but I want to compete with the top clubs. You know that I've won everything with Milan, but the emotions felt during the days of Monza's promotion were something unique, superior to any success obtained with the Rossoneri, with who I still have a close bond."
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