They say there is no such thing as a free meal, but ‘they’ must not know any fashion editors. That thought crossed my mind the last time I visited the San Siro Stadium, as a guest of design duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who happen to boast their own private bar there. Spiffily dressed waiters serve shots of Belvedere vodka, delicious Sicilian reds and pizzas topped with truffles in the bar, ideally located between the halfway line and corner flag, 20ft above the pitch. On my last visit, I had a good natter with Christian Vieri, three footballers’ wives and several even leggier au pairs, wearing Dolce certamente.
“I’m happy here. It’s the best place,” Paolo Maldini told me, as Alexandre Pato and Zlatan Ibrahimovic surged around below us.