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Fascinated by the beauty of basketball, Roma fan, golf player: in the folds of Mario Draghi’s life, appointed by the head of state Mattarella to form a new government, there is also a lot of sport. There has always been, as a child as well as when he was governor of the Bank of Italy and the ECB. Bill Bradley, star of the New York Knicks and Olympic gold in Tokyo in 1964 (later also senator and democratic candidate in the 2000 presidential elections), the spark of the first hour, the youth one. Watching the American basketball player, European champion play with Simmenthal Milan in 1966, the interest in basketball was born, certified in 2009 by the La Retina d’Oro award, awarded to the then governor of the Bank of Italy for the recognized passion for basketball which makes him an important ambassador of this sport, also in virtue of his competitive past. He had a nice shot, friends from high school years (including Luca Cordero di Montezemolo).

Love for Rome

Today, however, Draghi, in addition to skiing and jogging, mainly plays golf. Then for there is Rome. The only (sporting) faith, from the time of the Jesuit Massimiliano Massimo Institute, which unites it to the former premier Giuseppe Conte. Those who know him describe his intense passion for the yellow and red colors, although he has rarely been seen in the stands at the Olimpico. Francesco Totti is the favorite player, more than Falcao, Pruzzo or Giannini. A background revealed by Draghi himself during an interview with El Pais in 2016: If you had to choose between the Captain or the Prince? Ah, Giannini, what a player. But Totti the best of his generation. A unique talent. A football philosopher. Perhaps the greatest in the history of Rome. Are you love, Pirlo the alter ego? Yes, according to New York Times columnist Roger Cohen, who in 2012 (at the time of the presidency of the European Central Bank) compared the prime minister in charge to the director of Prandelli’s national team, finalist in the Europeans, calling him a master of verticalization, a playmaker who hits hardline Bundesbank bankers with exceptional precision. Who knows, maybe it will also need a bit of magic like Totti or Pirlo to convince political forces and gain confidence in Parliament.

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