The original football trophy as presented in 1988 to the winning team AC Milan, who defeated Real Madrid 3-0.
A large and impressive silver plate centrepiece after an antique design, possibly by Christofle of Paris, the bowl with naturalistic tree branch border with pairs of Putti surmounted on each handle, two birds nestle if further branches that support the bowl, stepped, domed base, the polished wooden plinth set with a cast portrait of Santiago Bernabeu in between enamelled crests of AC Milan & Real Madrid, and a plaque inscribed TROFEO SANTIAGI BERNABEU, I-IX-1988, the trophy 41 by 60cm., 16 by 23 1/2in., overall height including plinth 51cm., 20in.
The Santiago Bernabéu Trophy is dedicated in name to the memory of long-time Real Madrid President. It is a friendly tournament organised each year by Real Madrid at the beginning of the season, somewhere around the end of August or the beginning of September. From 1979 to 1984 and in 1986 it was contested by four teams, with semi-finals, third place match and final. In 1985 and since 1987 only one match between Real Madrid and an invited team was played. The only exception being the 2002 tournament, consisted again of four teams, on the special occasion of Real Madrid's centenary. In recent years it has also served as a symbolic game to present to the fans the new players brought into the squad during the summer transfer market.
This trophy was presented to AC Milan in 1988 following their 3-0 win over Real Madrid at the Bernebeu. The goals were scored by Donanoni, Mannari and Maldini.
Provenance: A Former Director of AC Milan