MassaraFrederic MASSARA


Full nameFrederic "Ricky" Massara
BornNov 11, 1968
Turin, ITALY
Age55 years old
2024 ()
Born in Turin in 1968, Frederic Massara started his career in football as a youth team player, with the Academy of Torino. Unable to make the breakthrough into the professional side, he joined Division C1 side, Pavia, in 1987, scoring 26 goals in 123 matches. In 1991, he was transferred to Pescara, where he would gain his first experience of Serie A, his only season as a top-flight player. He scored 15 times in 100 appearances at the club. He went on to play in the lower echelons of Italian football, playing in Serie B, C1 and C2, including spells with Fidelis Andria, and Palermo, before hanging up his boots in 2003. After ending his playing career, he reconverted to become coach, working at clubs such as Benevento, Pescara and Martina. In 2008, he started working with Sporting Director of Palermo, Walter Sabatini, and followed him to Rome, before achieving the status of Licenced Sporting Director having completed the course of the Italian Football Association in 2011. His early days in the role saw him take over from Sabatini at Roma in 2016, before moving to Inter Milan and Jiangsu Suning to link up with his former colleague. After that experience, he became Secretary General at Roma Football Club, and then took on the roll of Sporting Director there, when Monchi was fired by the team from the Italian capital in March 2019. Massara's stay at the club would be a brief one, leaving in June 2019, to take over the role of Sporting Director at AC Milan, where he would receive the accolade of Best Sporting Director, along with colleague Paolo Maldini, at the Global Soccer Awards on 17th November 2022. On 7th June 2024, he replaced Florent Maurice, who resigned from his role at Stade Rennais Football Club, to take on the role of Sporting Director with the Red and Blacks.