Marco Simone (born 7 January 1969, in Castellanza) is an Italian former professional footballer, who played as a striker or winger. He most prominently played for A.C. Milan, with whom he won four Serie A championships and two UEFA Champions League titles, as well as French club Paris Saint-Germain, and Monégasque outfit AS Monaco. Simone played four games for the Italian national team.
|Full name||Marco Simone|
|Date of birth||7 January 1969|
|Place of birth||Castellanza, Italy|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Playing position||Striker / Winger|
|1987–1988||→ Virescit (loan)||33||(15)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Simone debuted in Serie A for Como on 11 January 1987. After a few appearances in the top-flight Serie A, he was put on loan at Virescit Boccaleone in the secondary Serie C1 league. He scored 15 goals for Virescit in the 1987–88 season, and finished as top scorer of the Serie C1 league.
In the summer of 1989, Simone was brought into the squad of third-place finishers A.C. Milan by manager Arrigo Sacchi. His stay at Milan would be long and successful, as he won the 1990 European Cup under manager Sacchi, as well as four Serie A titles in five years from 1992 to 1996 and the 1994 UEFA Champions League under the management of Fabio Capello.
His best season for Milan came during the 1994–95 Serie A season, where he scored 17 goals in 30 games, as well as 4 in the Champions League, for a total of 21 goals in all competitions, as Milan reached the 1995 UEFA Champions League Final, only to be defeated by Ajax. He also managed 11 goals in all competitions during the 1995–96 season, 8 of which came in Serie A, finishing as the club's second highest goalscorer behind George Weah as Milan won the Serie A title. Despite competing for the attacking spots at Milan with the three FIFA World Player of the Year award winners Marco van Basten (1992), Roberto Baggio (1993) and George Weah (1995) (as well as the presence of Ruud Gullit, Dejan Savićević, Daniele Massaro, Paolo Di Canio, Jean-Pierre Papin, Christophe Dugarry, and Brian Laudrup), he scored a total of 74 goals in 245 games in all competitions for Milan.
During his time with Milan, Simone also made his senior debut for the Italian national team on 19 December 1992, under then national team manager Arrigo Sacchi, in a 2–1 away win in a 1994 World Cup qualifier against Malta. He would go on to play four games in total for the national team between 1992 and 1996, but did not score any goals for Italy.
Later career in France, Monaco and return to ItalyEdit
In 1997, Simone moved abroad to play for French club Paris Saint-Germain, with whom he won the 1998 Coupe de France. He transferred to AS Monaco in 1999. He scored 21 goals and made 15 assists in 34 games during the 1999–2000 season, and helped Monaco win the Ligue 1 championship in 2000. He returned to Milan for parts of the 2001–02 Serie A season, though he did not score any goals in his short spell. He returned to Monaco, but rarely played during the 2002–03 Ligue 1 season.
Post-playing and coaching careerEdit
- A.C. Milan
- Serie A: 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96
- European Cup and UEFA Champions League: 1989–90, 1993–94
- European Super Cup: 1989, 1994
- Intercontinental Cup: 1989
- Paris Saint-Germain
- A.S. Monaco
- A.C. Milan Hall of Fame
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