Luigi Simoni and Ronaldo in 1997 when the Brazilian striker arrived at Inter. - Luca Bruno / AP / SIPA

A tribute as beautiful as his double in the 1998 UEFA Cup final. Ronaldo hailed the memory of Luigi Simoni, coach of Inter Milan from 1997 to 1999, on Instagram after the Lombard club announced his death at 81 years in Pisa. "Thank you sir, you have taught me more than you think," wrote the "Fenomeno"

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Gigi Simoni per me non è stato solo un allenatore. Think of him, think of an uomo saggio and buono, che non ti ordinava di fare le cose, ma ti spiegava perché une cose erano importanti. Think of a maestro, come in quella foto che facemmo a Natale: direttore, noi the orchestra. Lo ricordo così, con que sorriso, la sua voce semper calma, i suoi consigli preziosi. Potevamo e dovevamo vincere di più, ma abbiamo vinto insieme, la cosa che ci raccomandava semper: grazie mister, mi hai insegnato più di quanto immagini

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“He passed away today, May 22. A date like no other, the most interiste day of all, "writes in a statement the Milanese team, ten years to the day after his coronation in the Champions League under the orders of José Mourinho and his unprecedented treble in Italy.

Coach for four decades

Technician with extraordinary longevity in the profession - he has crossed four decades on the different Italian benches -, Luigi Simoni had not fully recovered from a stroke suffered almost a year ago.

"Gigi Simoni was not just a coach for me," Ronaldo continued on Instagram. "When I think of him today, I think of a wise and good man, who did not order you to do things, but explained to you why they were important. I am thinking of a professor ", book" R9 ".

The masterpiece of the Parc des Princes

Midfielder having played 368 professional games including 187 in Serie A with an Italian Cup won in 1962, Simoni is best known for his coaching career started in 1974 on the bench of Genoa. Under his leadership, the Genoa club entered the elite the following season, the first of eight promotions won by Simoni during his long career.

But he is above all associated with Ronaldo's Inter, which he joined in 1997 at the same time as the Brazilian star. In their first season, the duo won the UEFA Cup in 1998 at the Parc des Princes after a 100% Italian final against Lazio de Nesta, Nedved and Mancini (3-0). "This Simoni-Ronaldo association will forever remain in everyone's heart, and not only in that of Inter supporters," said the club.

“It was a paternal relationship, of benevolence towards a special footballer. Simoni liked to tell us: "I learned more from him than he did from me that season". A sentence that says a lot about the person he was, ”says the nerazzurra team. And that his former Brazilian striker used for a final tribute.


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