The Juventus boss made a bit of history himself on Sunday night by becoming the oldest coach to win a Serie A title ever.
For an ex-banker, Maurizio Sarri’s rise up the footballing ladder has been quite the story. He’s gone from coaching non-league sides to some of the biggest European clubs, with Juventus his current one.
It’s a rare thing indeed to see a coach make it all the way from rock bottom to the very top of the ladder these days.
But similar to his star player, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sarri isn’t averse to making a bit of history on route to glory, as the chain-smoking Italian became the oldest manager to win the Scudetto aged 61 years and six months.
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The previous record-holder was AS Roma’s Nils Liedholm from the 1982/83 campaign, aged 60 years and seven months.
That was Liedholm’s second league title, however, as he previously won it for AC Milan in 1978/79. Whereas Sarri is a first-time winner of the Serie A title.
Rounding off the top five is Vujadin Boskov (Sampdoria – 60 years old), Fulvio Bernardini (Bologna – 58 years old), and Lajos Czeizler (AC Milan – 57 years old).
It was only the second major honor of Sarri’s career following his Europa League success with Chelsea last season.
But the jovial Italian was understandably pleased with his team’s success and jokingly claimed the players must be fantastic to win with him.
“I told them, if you won with me who has never won anything, you must be really good,” Sarri told Sky Sport Italia.
He added: “It has a special feeling, of course. It’s difficult to win, it becomes even more complicated to keep winning, as taking something for granted in sport is one of the biggest lies in the world.
“It was not a walk in the park. It was long, difficult, stressful, and this squad deserves a lot of credit for continuing to find the hunger and determination to keep going after eight wins in a row.”