New Delhi,Oct 20(TruthDive): Sonia Gandhi’s childhood crush with a Italian club league footballer has been revealed in an interview to an Italian magazine. Edvige Antonia Albina Màino was in love with Francko Louisan, a footballer for four years. These names will not ring a bell as none of them were famous. Now when Louisan talks about his love affair, it makes sense as Edvige Antonia Albina Màino is none other Sonia Gandhi, the UPA chairperson and the mother of Rahul and Priyanka.
The love story began at a time when Francko was 24 years. He had become a footballer at the age of 14. His first meeting with Edvige Antonia Albina Màino was at a riverside in Orbanasso. It was love at first sight. He soon started to court her and became the insider in her family. Edvige Antonia Albina Màino’s father had taken part in the World War 2 alongside Hitler’s army and part of Mussolini. Later he started a construction business as he was basically a mason. He died in 1983 and Edvige Antonia Albina Màino’s mother and two sisters are still living in Orbanasso.
Francko says that he waited for the summer holidays so that he could go with Edvige Antonia Albina Màino to Wilson to enjoy . The family of Edvige Antonia Albina Màino accepted him and soon he became an insider. As the love affair progressed, Edvige Antonia Albina Màino asked him to marry but he kept dodging it. Edvige Antonia Albina Màino left for London to study English at the Cambridge University. Francko did not like this. She came back and said that she had fallen for Rajiv, who is the son of a great leader in India. Francko’s romance with Edvige Antonia Albina Màino was the talk of the town that even his current wife Nora feared that one day he would leave her for his ex-flame.
Edvige Antonia Albina Màino, a Roman Catholic married Rajiv Gandhi as per Hindu rites and became Sonia Gandhi. Sonia Gandhi, as a dutiful daughter-in-law of Indira Gandhi kept away from politics. Sonia Gandhi and Rajiv had even thought of moving out of India after Sanjay Gandhi’s death. Fate however put Rajiv into the saddle and later Sonia Gandhi to take charge of the Congress party but she stayed away from becoming a PM.