Former Lazio captain Alessandro Nesta participated in an Instagram Live conversation with his friend and former Italy teammate Fabio Cannavaro. The duo discussed several topics, including Nesta’s time at Lazio and how he felt when essentially forced out of the club due to the financial issues the Biancocelesti had encountered.
“Without the mess that happened in the last year, I would have stayed at Lazio for life. When I switched to Milan they played a whole other football. I thought I could feel comfortable in Milan for 10 years after the Champions League victory; instead, the Rossoneri bought Stam. I understood at that moment that to have the starting position I had to work my ass off every day.”
Nesta’s move from Lazio to Milan cost the Rossoneri just over €30 million, helping ease the financial strain on Sergio Cragnotti’s Lazio, where the Italian center-back’s departure freed up around €2 million worth of salary. After winning one Serie A title, two Coppa Italia and a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup with the Biancocelesti, the Italian would go on to lift two more Scudetti, two UEFA Champions League trophies and the 2006 FIFA World Cup with the Italian national team.
Nesta currently serves as head coach of Lazio-based Serie B outfit Frosinone, where he has won 15 out of his 30 games in charge, losing just seven times. Nesta, since hanging up his boots, has also taken up coaching roles with Miami FC in the United States and Italian side Perugia, the latter of whom he narrowly missed out on obtaining promotion with, having been defeated 4-1 to Hellas Verona in the 18/19 Serie B play-offs.