Monica Romano is the wife of AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso. Gattuso, believing the club had a partnership with the shop, picked out several suits coming to £10,000, only for Gascoigne to reveal such a partnership never existed. Some younger football fans may be unaware that Gennaro Gattuso, who is now managing Napoli, played for Glasgow Rangers before he made his name at AC Milan. The Scots will not do that,” Gattuso commented. Yesterday afternoon, A tweet from AC Milan's official account confirmed the news. Years later, he recalled a now-famous anecdote to FourFourTwo of how Gascoigne had taken him suit shopping on one of his first days at the club. Ex-Gers star Gattuso's sister Francesca sadly died at the age of 37 yesterday. The architect behind the transfer was manager Walter Smith, who was impressed having watched Gattuso in a youth tournament in France. Joking around was but the smallest part of Gattuso’s time in Scotland. Gattuso played his part in trying to get Rangers back on top, scoring twice in late April in a trip to Tynecastle to play Hearts. The Light Blues tweeted: "Everyone at #RangersFC is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Francesca Gattuso. He did it when I went into the shower. Barisic, 27, has been in stunning form this season for Rangers – even with … As a mere teenager, Gattuso was bereft of such garments, with Gascoigne taking him to a tailor with the instruction to buy several suits. Hope he returns someday. Let us know your views in the comments below! However, Gattuso was reported to have been at Napoli's Castel Volturno training ground when he learned of her passing. Losing such a huge presence, both on and off the pitch, saw Rangers drop points unnecessarily and fall behind Celtic in the title race. In 1997, he made the move to Ibrox on a free transfer from Perugia and would end up staying with the Gers for more than a year. Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers at the Scottish Sun football page, Ex-Rangers star Maurice Ross says Celtic team was worst in 20 years, Celtic boss Neil Lennon's agent in Twitter spat with fans after Rangers defeat, Rangers troll Green Brigade over Glasgow posters after dominant win at Parkhead, Rangers made odds-on favourites to win title for first time since 2011, All the Old Firm reaction as Rangers beat Celtic at Parkhead plus SPFL news, ©News Group Newspapers Limited in England No. Meanwhile, the entirety of the squad, according to Laudrup, had little idea of the player Gattuso would become. Rest in peace, dear Francesca.". Things were further complicated by the fact that Gattuso spoke no English, and that none other than Gascoigne was enlisted to act as a broken translator. GENNARO GATTUSO big interview (english subtitles) - YouTube She had been placed in intensive care four months ago while suffering from an "illness", Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport reported. Monica Romano is a Scottish woman of Italian descent and the couple met while Gattuso was playing for Rangers at an exhibition game in Toronto, Canada. Without the Italian they went one better in the newly-formed SPL, regaining their title from Celtic by a six-point margin, whilst also defeating their bitter rivals in the Scottish Cup final. Glasgow was the place where I first started to think like a professional footballer.”. For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click here. RANGERS have sent an emotional message of support to Gennaro Gattuso after the tragic death of his sister. A large part of Gattuso’s free time in Glasgow was spent going to the Italian restaurant of Mario Romano, whose daughter Monica he would later marry. It’s about running 100 per cent for 90 minutes and tackling like men. Gattuso raced to his sister's side and missed the pre-match press conference after his team beat Sampdoria 4-2 in early February. His presence is renowned for striking fear into those he faced and ensuring little left its mark on Gattuso. The team pushed all the way for the league title, however, issues arose after Middlesbrough prised away Gascoigne in March 1998. He arrived at Rangers at the age of 19 from Perugia as manager Walter Smith strengthened his team in the bid to secure ten in a row. It wasn’t long before Gattuso’s performances had earned him plaudits from those at Ibrox. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. Despite being relegated from Serie A again, Gattuso’s combative play impressed many domestic clubs, ending in a switch to the giants of AC Milan in the summer of 1999. Playing alongside the likes of Jonas Thern, Jörg Albertz and Brian Laudrup, alongside Gascoigne and Negri, Gattuso was fortunate enough to be educated in one of the most talented Rangers squads of the era. “When I played for Perugia, deep down I thought I lacked the mental strength to go out on the pitch and play without the fear of making a mistake. Despite his lack of success in Scotland, he is still remembered fondly by many ‘Gers supporters. Ultimately a shock home loss to Kilmarnock the following week saw the trophy cross Glasgow after nine seasons at Ibrox. Wish he had been around longer. This is something he was less than impressed by, and after appearing only ten times under the Dutch coach, in October 1998 Gattuso returned to Italy to join newly-promoted Salernitana for £3.5m. Upon retiring in 2013, Gattuso did so with a World Cup and two Champions League winners medals in tow. I’d have no issue with him taking over at Gers one day if Gerrard left. "The thoughts of everyone at the football club are with the Gattuso family at this terribly difficult time.". "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. The result was a four-year contract for a player who had only played ten professional games. Further enhancing this cult status was Gattuso’s performances in his first two Old Firm games, where he was booked on both occasions but showed class in midfield. Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, Gennaro Gattuso sadly lost his sister yesterday, Celtic and Rangers both ‘targeting Feyenoord’s Renato Tapia this summer’, claims player’s father, Rangers winger Eros Grezda appears to hit rival in car park after the game, Francesca sadly died at the age of 37 yesterday, p to date with ALL the latest news and transfers at the Scottish Sun football page, Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). Read  |  Remembering the artistry of Brian Laudrup for Rangers. Gattuso and his teammates would also fall short in the Scottish Cup final, where Hearts gained revenge at Celtic Park to triumph 2-1 and leave Rangers second best once more. https://t.co/K79c0OGzva. — WellTravelledGlaswegian (@TravelledWell) October 15, 2020. According to Il Mattino, Gattuso was notified by his wife that his sister had fallen ill. Francesco was reported to have required "urgent surgery". This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's Standard Terms and Conditions in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy. In Italy, if you tackle a player they moan to the referee. However, in true style, Gazza did the opposite and informed Gattuso he needed to keep up the intensity if he wanted to play regularly. He ended up leaving for Salernitana, who paid £4.18m to take him back to Italy. The prestige of these honours, however, does not play down the significance of those 15 months at Rangers. Gattuso played his part in trying to get Rangers back on top, scoring twice in late April in a trip to Tynecastle to play Hearts. "Rino, the immense pain you and your family are feeling is also ours. That much is clear in the responses to a video shared by the club’s official Twitter account. The thoughts of everyone at the football club are with the Gattuso family at this terribly difficult time. “During my first day in Glasgow, Paul Gascoigne shat in my socks. That summer marked a big turning point for Gattuso’s time in Rangers, with the fatherly influence of Smith heading south to join Everton. Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport have claimed that Gennaro Gattuso is looking to raid Rangers ahead of the summer window in a bid to bring left-back Borna Barisic to Napoli. The midfielder nabbed a brace in a 3-0 win over the third-placed Edinburgh side, leaving Rangers with a fighting chance of the title. He departed Rangers without a single piece of silverware, but he more than made it up for it at the San Siro – by the time he retired, he had won a whole host of trophies, including two Serie A titles and two Champions Leagues. The first sighting of the Italian came on the opening day of the 1997/98 season, off the bench for the final ten minutes of a 3-1 win over Hearts. And now, some of his former clubs have been quick to pass on their condolences to the Italian - including Rangers. Gennaro Ivan "Rino" Gattuso, (Born 9 January 1978) is an Italian football manager in charge of Pisa and a former footballer. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Gers fans also chipped in with their well wishes to Rino. The commitment and desire with which he played, alongside similarities in appearance to Mel Gibson’s portrayal of William Wallace, quickly gave rise to the nickname “Braveheart”. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. RANGERS have sent an emotional message of support to Gennaro Gattuso after the tragic death of his sister. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. Gattuso even attributes his celebrated will to win to Walter Smith, who instilled in him the message of “the harder you work, the greater the chance of achieving objectives you set yourself”. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). The clip shows Gattuso scoring against Hearts, giving these fans the opportunity to laud the former World Cup winner. “They taught me to combine aggression with loyalty. But when I arrived in Scotland, everything was completely different. ‘Gers fans, have you fond memories of Gattuso at Ibrox? “I love the British style of football. Her father Mario was a millionaire restaurateur who died in 2011, and her sister is television presenter Carla Romano. That summer, Smith continued to do the majority of his shopping in Italy, bringing in Lorenzo Amoruso from Fiorentina, Juventus’ Sergio Porrini, and Gattuso’s former Perugia teammate, Marco Negri. Gattuso is married to Monica Romano, a Scottish woman of Italian descent. “I don’t think any of the Rangers players at that time would have put one penny on him becoming the player he [would become]”. The nearby Glaswegian shipyards represented a world apart from the renowned renaissance architecture of Perugia – but it suited Gattuso perfectly. "There was a rule at Rangers, going back to the 1950s, that players needed to turn up for every training session dressed in a suit and tie," Gattuso told FourFourTwo. I came back and there was a foul stench.” As introductions to a new place of work go, it’s fair to say Gennaro Gattuso experienced smoother ones than this particular day in 1997. For the self-professed “Scotsman accidentally born in Calabria”, Glasgow is a rare exception. It read: "Francesca Gattuso faced her illness with the same strength and energy she brought to Milanello and AC Milan every day. Read  |  Graeme Souness and the Rangers revolution. Losing just once in the first half of the season, Gattuso quickly established himself as a starter. In his place came Dick Advocaat, who wanted to reposition Gattuso as a right-back.

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