Franco Baresi pays tribute to Ray Wilkins ahead of Milan derby
Baresi, who spent his entire 20-year career with I Rossoneri, played alongside Wilkins for three seasons in the mid-1980s.
Ahead of kick-off at the San Siro, Baresi laid a wreath and held up a Milan shirt with ‘Wilkins 8’ on the back in front of the fans.
Wilkins played 73 matches for the Serie A side, scoring twice.
Supporters held a banner that read: “Ciao Ray, leggenda Rossonera” (Goodbye Ray, Red and Black legend).
Baresi had earlier paid tribute to Wilkins, who died aged 61 on Wednesday after suffering a cardiac arrest last week, on his Twitter account, writing in Italian: “At times like this you never know what to say, but it was an honour to
call you a friend. You were special, a gentleman on the pitch and off. Thank you Ray Wilkins, RIP.”
Tributes have poured in from the football world, with former Hibs manager Alex Miller saying: “Ray was great for us, the boys were very responsive to him, he mixed well with them and they had a lot of respect for him.
“He was a genuinely humble man.”
Former England team-mate Gary Lineker added: “One thing that shines through is what a wonderful human being he was. He was just a delightfully charming man.
“Always very positive, and someone who was massively supportive when I first broke into the national team.
“He was a really talented player and had success not only in this country but also internationally. He lived for the game and he loved the game.”
Ex-Hibs and Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Terry Butcher, who also played alongside Wilkins for England, added: “Words can’t describe how much light and fun and laughter he brought to football.”
“He mixed with the fans and he loved having a laugh. His energy and brightness would light up any room.”