AC Milan: When Gattuso ate the slug for a bet… but still didn’t win it

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AC Milan’s key players in the 2000s, Andrea Pirlo and Gennaro Gattuso, introduced a strange bet during their Milanese years, namely to eat a slug against 10,000 euros.

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Andrea Pirlo and Gennaro Gattuso are great pranksters. A key player of AC Milan and double winner of the Champions League with Rossoneri, the two former internationals got along well on and off the pitch. In the documentary series “All or Nothing”, then Juventus coach Pirlo revealed that he had made an awkward bet with his former teammate.

Speaking on the eve of the 2020 Italian Super Cup in January 2021, when Gattuso was in charge of Napoli, his future rival, the ex-Bianconero, said: “Once we made a bet … you know the snail, Those without their shell, so big? We said: ‘Come on, Rino, if you eat it, we’ll give you 10,000 euros, we’ll take them back and then you give it to the workers.’ He took the slug, he ate it. Sent down (he ate it), we didn’t give a damn. He wanted to kill us all.”

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A great track record in common

Teammates at AC Milan from 2001 to 2011, both players won the Champions League in 2003 and 2007, as well as two league titles and an Italian Cup in one of the club’s most spectacular periods. Milanese under the orders of Carlo Ancelotti. In addition, Andrea Pirlo appreciated the special character of Gennaro Gattuso. “Every time he was talking at the table, they (teammates) would ‘shhhh’ him from the other table, he would go mad, get up and start hitting someone.”

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The two former world champions in 2006 have since started their training on the bench. Andrea Pirlo had a difficult experience with Juventus Turin, having lost their title to Inter Milan, while Gennaro Gattuso left Napoli after last summer’s Coppa Italia win … against Juve in 2020. Appointed coach of Fiorentina for this season, he left the club a few days after his arrival at the transfer window with their leaders at loggerheads.

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