Massimo Moratti: “1998 UEFA Cup Triumph Got Inter Dreaming Of A Bright Future”
Massimo Moratti has revealed Inter’s UEFA Cup triumph in 1998 made the club feel like they could achieve anything.
Moratti had taken charge of Inter in 1995 and this was the first piece of silverware that the Nerazzurri picked up under his ownership, beating Lazio 3-0 in the final.
Ronaldo scored the third and final goal at the Parc des Princes as Gigi Simoni’s side put the disappointment of losing the Serie A title to Juventus behind them.
“The final in Paris was a party,” Moratti told Sky Sport Italia as part of a special program dedicated to Il Fenomeno.
“It was satisfying for us after what we had missed out upon in the days before (the Serie A title).
“It was a party in a beautiful city (Paris), there was the hope that the future could bring who knows what.”
Luciano Ligabue, a musician and Inter fan, also participated in the documentary and recalled Ronaldo’s famous goal in that final with the other goals coming from Ivan Zamorano and Javier Zanetti.
“It is impossible to forget the double stepover with which Ronaldo put poor Luca Marchegiani on the ground,” Ligabue reminisced.
“It was the first victory Ronaldo brought to our team, so the celebrations afterwards were double.”
Beppe Bergomi, who missed out on the final through injury, also recalled one of Ronaldo’s performances on the road to final at the Parc des Princes.
“I suffered because I was injured and could not play in the final,” Inter’s legendary former defender recalled.
“I had been on the pitch in all the other games, the semi-final away to Spartak Moscow comes to mind.
“We were all sinking in the mud while Ronaldo was floating.”
Inter also beat Neuchatel Xamax, Lyon, RC Strasbourg and Schalke en route to the final in Paris.