Chicago Cubs: Are the Ricketts eyeing an Italian football club?

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In 2009, the Ricketts family purchased the Chicago Cubs, taking them to new heights as an organization. They have found success and have begun searching for new challenges.

Sports makes the world a better place. It is one thing we all have in common. A love for sports. In a little under 10 years, the Ricketts family turned the Chicago Cubs into a World Series team. We definitely love that.

It only makes sense for them to want to reach their hands in other cookie jars, right? If you feel your family has the mindset of building a winning team, why not? In May, it was reported that the Ricketts purchased a team part of the United Soccer League.

A small step that would later influence a much larger investment. Which is what we’re going to be discussing right here, right now.

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According to ESPN, Tom Ricketts and company are currently eyeing an Italian football club, A.C. Milan. So, what is one thing these two teams have in common?

Well, let’s take age into consideration for a minute. Breaking it down, the Cubs and Milan are 261 years old.

Seems like these two are the oldest franchises on the planet. Obviously, right?

Impressive History

However, when the Ricketts took over in Chicago, the Cubs were still searching for their first World Series title in over 100 years. For A.C. Milan, they have won 18 Series A league titles, seven Champions League, three International Cups and five UEFA Super Cups, just to name a few.

In addition to those accomplishments, their five Super Cup wins is tied for most with Barcelona. Not to mention, three International Cup wins ties them with Penarol, Nacional, Real Madrid, and Boca Juniors.

It is definitely a lot to keep up with as A.C. Milan’s world is completely different from the one the Cubs are used to.


The chances of the Ricketts adding A.C. Milan to their legacy seem to be pretty high at the moment. As of right now, the Cubs are valued at a whopping $2.9 billion compared to Milan’s $612 million.

That could very well turn around, including their Series A title slump which is a little over 15 years old. This family has proven to do what it takes to build and establishing both a winning tradition and mindset.

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For us, it all began with Theo Epstein and the rest is history. In Italy, the possibilities are endless. Could we possibly see players on both sides sporting each others team colors in the near future?