Former Inter owner Massimo Moratti has revealed how he came to be the owner of Inter after a conversation with Peppino Prisco, according to a report in the Italian media today.
Speaking during an interview with Calciomercato.com about Peppino Prisco who would have turned 100 years old on Friday, Massimo Moratti explained the conversation that the pair had that led to him buying the Nerazzurri.
Peppino Prisco was known as Priscus and clearly had a way with negotiations as Massimo Moratti explains.
“I can’t forget the day when I left the house I found him standing at the corner waiting for me: in ten minutes he explained to me that Inter were going through a bad moment, that it was necessary to intervene immediately.
“In those few minutes he managed to tell me practically everything and also to convince me that basically I could have done something.
“Classic bug in the ear, Priscus did everything to ensure that the negotiation began and ended as he wished, he also organized the meetings. I was in those classic situations where there is a friend to whom you also find it hard to say no.”
Massimo Moratti also explained that all of these events took place during a time where football was much more family based and did not have the involvement of so many multi-national industries like it does now.
“It has always been in the family, also because at the time football was something different, it had a familiar and non-institutional setting.
“So we were among friends and it was normal to see them wandering around the house. Priscus was brilliant and also admired for his past as an Alpine hero. And then that irony, that unmistakable way of communicating.”
Giuseppe Prisco died of a heart attack on December 12 2001, just two days after he had turned 80. An award is handed to the best Inter player of the season which is in honour of Giuseppe Prisco.