Zvonimir Boban has officially left FIFA to become Milan’s Chief Football Officer.
Boban had been working as FIFA’s deputy general secretary since 2016, but he will now return to Milan, where he won nine major honours between 1991 and 2001.
“I will always be grateful to FIFA President Gianni Infantino for the opportunity he gave me after his election in 2016,” the Croat told FIFA’s official website.
“True to his manifesto pledge to ‘bring football back to FIFA and FIFA back to football’, he had the courage to entrust a former footballer with such a far-reaching role within the organisation.
“I feel really honoured and privileged to have worked on such important projects to take FIFA back to its rightful place, far away from past scandals and a tarnished image. Looking back, I feel a real sense of accomplishment about my contribution to these big changes over the last three years.
“I have been entrusted with leading important projects such as the revamp of the FIFA Club World Cup and the successful bidding process for the FIFA World Cup 2026, as well as the revolutionary VAR project, which has managed to make the beautiful game fairer and protect its integrity.
“None of this could have been achieved without the support of the President and amazing colleagues who are dedicated to serving the game of football across the globe.
“There may have been some debates along the way, but we have always upheld our motto of ‘Living Football’ and I will be eternally thankful to everyone.
“It is extremely difficult to leave FIFA, but I followed my heart and my passion when making this decision, as was the case when I accepted the challenge of joining FIFA.
“The people at AC Milan are my family and the city of Milan and Italy are my home. I have a burning desire to help this glorious club, which means so much to me, to return where it belongs.
“Zurich now also has a special place in my heart after three wonderful years in Switzerland.”
FIFA President Gianni Infantino added: “I cannot thank Zvonimir enough for everything he has done for FIFA and football over the last three years by our side.
“His dedication to football and enthusiasm are incredible and he has been an invaluable asset for FIFA.
“Nobody embodies football better than he does and he has always worked for the good of the game.
“Many of the positive changes that we have made over the last three years could not have been achieved without Zvone.
“He has shown the same commitment, heart and passion at FIFA that characterised his attitude on the pitch.
“We will miss him a lot at FIFA, but I wish him the same success in his new challenge at his beloved club.”
He will work alongside CEO Ivan Gazidis and Paolo Maldini, the latter of whom has been promoted to the position of technical director.