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Mussolini's great-grandson signs contract with Lazio


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Romano Floriani Mussolini, the great-grandson of Italy's former fascist leader Benito Mussolini, has signed a professional deal with Lazio.

The Serie A club signed the 18-year-old right back after he impressed while playing for their youth teams.

Mussolini played just nine times for the Lazio under-23 side in the Primavera 1 division before the club offered him the professional contract.

His mother is Benito Mussolini's granddaughter, Alessandra, who is an Italian politician, television personality and former member of the European Parliament.

Her son addressed his controversial lineage in a newspaper interview earlier this month.

"Here at Lazio I'm judged only for the way I play and not because my surname is Mussolini," he told Roman daily Il Messaggero.

He announced the news with a post on Instagram that read: "Thinking back to where I started, I’m very happy to have signed my first professional contract with Lazio, and to spend another three years in this shirt."

As dictator of Italy, Benito Mussolini founded the fascist movement and inspired other fascist dictators such as Adolf Hitler in Germany and Francisco Franco in Spain.

Mussolini was executed in the final days of World War II in Europe by an Italian partisan, or resistance movement, in the small village of Giulino di Mezzegra in northern Italy.

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