Leonardo Pre-Derby Interview
The irresistibly likable and soft-spoken Leonardo insists that focus should not be on him, but on the game between two teams fighting for the title.
Ahead of the Milan derby, Leonardo had no need to sidestep his controversial—or traitorous—switch to Inter Milan. He didn’t avoid answering a question that tried to set him up or grow irritable and recede into an evasive answer that only recognizes a disconnected present.
Instead he offered a thoughtful response that preempted controversy by expanding the idea of loyalty beyond belligerent chauvinism. And was perfectly sincere about it:
There is huge expectation ahead of this match. Emotions are no different than when I played in the derby. I have absolute respect for my past and for my present.