In Milanello, adidas proudly brought together two of the most decorated sporting teams in the world, seven time European Cup winners AC Milan and the nine time Tri Nations champions the All Blacks.
In commemoration of the unique meeting a celebratory jersey has been created combining the red of AC Milan and the black of the New Zealand Rugby Union. These jerseys are available at adidas retail stores throughout Italy.
The two teams gathered on the same pitch to test each other’s skills during an event where the All Blacks, including Captain Richie McCaw and fly half Dan Carter, tried to master the round ball while Kaká and Alessandro Nesta endeavour to control its oval counterpart.
It is not just about rugby or football – the event is a celebration of sport, passion and skill showcased by some of the world’s most notable athletes. Sporting moments are often referred to as art in motion but the combined talents of champions such as AC Milan and the All Blacks could well be called a masterpiece.
Every free kick, conversion, line out or penalty performed by players contributed to creating a painting, as paint-filled balloons explode with the force of the balls on to a canvas.
The artwork was autographed by all the participating players and donated to the Milan Charity Foundation for an on-line auction.
Funds raised from the sale of this artwork will go towards the Milan Charity Foundation project which supports children affected by vascular diseases attending the Buzzi Hospital in Milan.