Monza, ex-AC Milan President Silvio Berlusconi Passes Away at Age 86

MILAN, ITALY - MARCH 20: AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi gestures before the Serie A match between AC Milan and SS Lazio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on March 20, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Silvio Berlusconi, the former AC Milan president and charismatic politician who played a significant role in Italian politics for decades, has died at the age of 86.

He passed away at San Raffaele Hospital in Milan following a monthslong battle with respiratory difficulties brought on by a form of leukemia.

Known for his flamboyant personality and dominance in the media industry, Berlusconi was head of the Rossoneri for over three decades from 1986 until 2017. He reentered the football world less than one year later when he acquired then Serie C side Monza.

He ultimately guided the club all the way up to Serie A, where they played their for the first time in the 2022/23 season.

His larger-than-life personality, business acumen, and controversial legacy have left an indelible mark on Italy’s political, media, and football landscape. Regardless of opinion of him, there is no denying his significant influence and enduring impact on the country.