Saturday Apr 10, 2021  
  21/07/2014: A night among legends
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Although it was a gala dinner billed as Benfica Legends & AC Milan legends, one could not look past the ex-Lazio players on the roster sheet for Milan; Alessandro Nesta, Massimo Oddo, Giuseppe Pancaro and Christian Vieri were all in attendance at the Embassy Grand Banquet Hall just north of Toronto back in May.

I was the lonely Lazio representation among many Italian, and Portuguese-Canadians. In a night where the honour was intended for the late great Eusebio, Lazio did not go unnoticed in the press conference that also featured legendary players like Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, and Nuno Gomes.

Lazio Captain Alessandro Nesta recounted “Di Padre in Figlio Festa of the ’74 and 2000 scudetto winning teams.” When asked if he had a message for Laziali, Nesta had this to say:

“I was just in Rome for celebrations in Rome, it was beautiful, to have 65,000 people for a friendly like this after not seeing each other [the fans] for so long was definitely a great pleasure.”

When asked if he had a message for the Tifosi Laziali moreover the English speaking ones he simply said, “Speriamo bene” i.e let’s hope for the best!

Also in attendance was another ex-Lazio Captain, Massimo Oddo who recounted the 3-0 Derby victory where he scored the crucial penalty as a “marvelous night”.
Author: Michael Di Mascio
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