MILAN – Inter have received the Ambrogino d'Oro award. This afternoon, in the splendid Sala Alessi in Palazzo Marino, the Milan Town Hall, the Italian, European and World Champions were presented with the Ambrogino d'Oro award by the Mayor of Milan Letizia Moratti, accompanied by Sports and Leisure Councillor Alan Rizzi. Massimo Moratti and his family were present, as was the Nerazzurri management, the Board of Directors and the entire team, led by Leonardo and captain Zanetti."Thank you to everyone at Inter but a special thanks to Massimo Moratti, for his passion, his sacrifice and his commitment, which have helped put Inter on top of the world. It is an honour to be here today to present this award." That was how Alan Rizzi opened the ceremony.
"Thank you indeed to Massimo Moratti," added Mayor of Milan Letizia Moratti immediately afterwards. "This is a day of celebration for all Inter fans, myself included. It is a day of celebration for the entire city of Milan because Inter – regardless of who you support – are an example of excellence and of football at its highest level that carries the name of Milan throughout the world. Today we can reward Inter for giving us those five incredible triumphs in 2009-10, for which they deserve a very special Ambrogino. Inter is a deep-rooted part of Milan's history and being here to give the club its due recognition is an honour for me. And we should not only thank Massimo today but also his father Angelo, who handed down this great passion, this great love. Likewise, it is impossible not to remember another great champion, Giacinto Facchetti, who was a symbol of style, of Inter style."
"Thanks to the mayor and to the city of Milan for this award. Inter are a big family and deserve this accolade. My team-mates and I are proud to be here today alongside president Moratti to remember all our success and emotions," said the captain Javier Zanetti as the Ambrogino d'Oro was bestowed. Immediately afterwards the whole team, player by player, collected their scrolls to the sound of dozens of camera clicks.
After receiving the award, Massimo Moratti took the floor, visibly moved: "I too would like to thank the mayor, the Town Hall and the whole city for their support the Inter team that won everything and I think is close to winning everything again this year. I hope the city is as proud of this team as I am, both as a group and as individuals, for they have given us a lot of joy. And I can assure you that they are all extremely likeable and professional individuals. Thank you again, really."The Club took advantage of the occasion to thank Inter Club Palazzo Marino, which - coordinated by president of the municipal council Manfredi Palmeri and dedicated to Giacinto Facchetti - brings together Nerazzurri-loving local councillors and other council staff who contribute also through their institutional role.