Sunglasses perched on a balding head, a guru who revolutionised the Italian game surveyed the field.
Fed up with the attacking reluctance and stagnation he felt had asphyxiated Serie A, nothing was quite the same after Arrigo Sacchi.
It was Milan who saw something they liked in his Parma side and furnished the most famous shoe salesman in the game with the material to leather the opposition.
The magical hammerings of Real Madrid and Steaua Bucharest were his club pinnacle.
That could not be repeated with La Nazionale nor ever again but his contribution to the game remains truly enormous.