Why Portsmouth star Richard Hughes can't wait for UEFA Cup tie with AC Milan
Published 00:00 26/11/08 By By Mark Fleming
Portsmouth's Richard Hughes admits he will be like a star-struck kid when AC Milan run out at Fratton Park tomorrow.
The Scot, 29, was raised in Milan and is a life-long AC fan after years of watching them regularly at the San Siro.
Now Hughes, on the books of Italian club Atalanta as a teenager, has the chance to take on his heroes - although not everyone in his family will be on his side.
His brother Patrick is still a season-ticket holder at Milan, and will be among the visiting fans for the UEFA Cup clash.
Midfielder Hughes said: "Patrick is over for the game and even had the cheek to ask me if I could get him tickets for the Milan end, which didn't go down too well. As a Milan fan I'm sure he is going to be supporting them, but at least my other two brothers and my mum and dad will be supporting Pompey.
"Milan are my team, their stadium is my Mecca. I have watched them hundreds of times over the years.
"Their posters adorned my walls as a youngster. Now Iam going to be playing against AC Milan.
"Paolo Maldini, one of the greatest-ever defenders and my all-time hero, will be featuring. Wonderful players like Kaka, Pirlo, Nesta and Shevchenko, who would all get in my all-time XI.
"I am so looking forward to the match, because I never thought I would have the opportunity to play against them, especially after I came to play over here."
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