FILE PHOTO: Football - AC Milan v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final - The Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece - May 23, 2007 (L - R) Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and AC Milan's Filippo Inzaghi celebrate at the end of the match Action Images via Reuters/Michael Regan/File Photo

Milan have officially announced the establishment of the ‘Silvio Berlusconi Trophy’, an annual pre-season clash with Monza.

Berlusconi, who owned Milan from 1986 to 2017 and Monza from 2018 onwards, passed away last month aged 86, prompting tributes across the Italian footballing landscape.

The former Prime Minister of Italy was a much-beloved figure at both clubs, guiding Milan to European dominance and taking Monza to Serie A for the first time in their history.

As announced today, Milan and Monza have decided to establish the ‘Silvio Berlusconi Trophy’, an annual pre-season friendly that’ll first be held on August 8 at the U-Power Stadium.

In the following seasons, the venue will alternate between the two clubs’ stadiums, celebrating the memory of their former owner.

A much-divisive figure in his political career, Berlusconi found more love in the world of football, with the fanbases of both clubs appreciating his spells in charge. A large number of Rossoneri fans gathered outside the Duomo di Milano to pay tribute in the days following his death.

Source: Football Italia

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