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Best AC Milan Midfielders of all time

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Speaking of Italian football would bring the names of such great midfielders to every football lover's mind. So now we are to introduce you to the best AC Milan midfielders of all time.

Italian football had gone through lots of ups and downs but each and every time its great clubs stood up on their feet and carried on. Ac Milan- the loveable Rossoneris- are among these strong clubs.

But who are the great midfielders to shine through the history of this club? That's the question we have decided to answer today!

Best ever AC Milan midfielders

Before going through the names of the

best AC Milan midfielders of all time,

it would be a worthy warm-up if we start our article with a brief introduction.

A brief history of Rossoneries

Associazione Calcio Milan, commonly known as

A.C. Milan

, also known as Milan, is a professional football club founded in Milan, Italy. It was founded on December 16, 1899, as the "Milan Cricket Club" by Alfred Edwards and Herbert Kilpin.

Their home ground is San Siro, with a capacity of 80,018 people which is the largest stadium in Italy and one of the largest in Europe. Milan shares this stadium with

Inter Milan

but the Inter side calls it Giuseppe Meazza. Inter Milan is Rossoneries' biggest rival. The competition between these two teams is called Della Madonnina, which is one of the most important football cities in the world.

Since the establishment of Milan, their kit was red and black. The only difference throughout history has been the number of red and black stripes. Herbert had chosen red as a symbol of evil and black to create fear in opponents. Because of the club's black and red kit, Milan players are called Rossoneri. The second team uniform has always been white.

Honors

Domestic

  • Serie A: 18-times winner. Serie B: 2-times winner. Coppa Italia: 5-times-winner. Supercoppa Italiana: 7-times winner

International

  • European Cup / UEFA Champions League: 7-times winner. European Cup Winners' Cup: 2-times-winner.European Super Cup / UEFA Super Cup: 5-times winner. Intercontinental Cup: 3-times winner.

Best Ac Milan midfielders of all time

Now it's time to go through our list of

best ever AC Milan midfielders

.

Gianni Rivera

Our first best AC Milan midfielders of all time, is Gianni Rivera who spent almost two decades with Rossoneries and widely known as the Golden Boy of Italian football throughout his career. He was born on 18 August 1943, in Alessandria. He started his football in a local football club named ASD Don Bosco. When he was 13, he could break into Alessandria's main team with the help of the former Milan midfielder Franco Pedroni, who was the assistant coach at

Alessandria

at the time. While playing in Seria A, he soon nicknamed l'Abatino.

A year later, he joined AC Milan as an eventual replacement for the club's captain Juan Schiaffino in the playmaking role. On 18 September 1960he made his Milan debut, in a 3–5 away win over his previous club Alessandria in the Coppa Italia, under manager Giuseppe Viani, who later gave Rivera his famed nickname the Golden Boy. He was indeed one of the best Midfielders of his generation, not only in Italy but also in the world. During his nearly twenty-year spell with Rossonoeria, he made 647 appearances, scored 164 goals, and had 8 assists. He had the following victories:

Milan

  • Serie A: 1961–62, 1967–68, 1978–79.Coppa Italia: 1966–67, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1976–77. European Cup: 1962–63, 1968–69. UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1967–68, 1972–73. Intercontinental Cup: 1969

International

  • FIFA World Cup runner-up: 1970. UEFA European Championship: 1968

Individual

  • Coppa Italia Top-scorer: 1966–67, 1970–71 Ballon d'Or: 1969. Runner-up 1963. FIFA XI: 1967.Serie A Top-scorer: 1972–73. IFFHS Italian Player of the 20th Century: 1999. IFFHS European Player of the 20th Century (12th): 1999. IFFHS World Player of the 20th Century: (19th). A.C. Milan Player of the 20th Century: 1999 Golden Foot "Football Legends": 2003. A.C. Milan Hall of Fame .UEFA President's Award: 2011 Inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame: 2013 Inducted into the Walk of Fame of Italian sport: 2015

Massimo Ambrosini

The well-known Sky Sport Italia commentator is our next best AC Milan midfielders of all time. Massimo Ambrosini was born on 9 May 1977 in Pesaro, Italy. He started his football career with

Cesena

and at the age of 17 could manage into the first team. But his spell with Cesena didn't last long, he got the attraction of the Milan coach Fabio Capello and consequently, he signed his contract with Rossoneries.

Massimo Ambrosini was indeed a gifted midfielder. He was known for his ability in the air and was capable of being a goal-threat. He was a tall player and therefore he could do well in attacking runs. He spent almost eighteen years with Milan and made 488 appearances, scored 36 goals, and had 40 assists. He had the following victories:

Milan

  • Serie A: 1995–96, 1998–99, 2003–04, 2010–11. Coppa Italia: 2002–03. Supercoppa Italiana: 2004, 2011. UEFA Champions League: 2002–03, 2006–07. UEFA Super Cup: 2003, 2007. FIFA Club World Cup: 2007

International

  • UEFA European Football Championship Runner-Up: 2000

Individual

  • A.C. Milan Hall of Fame

Orders

  • 5th Class / Knight: Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: (2000)

Gennaro Gattuso

Is it even possible to forget Gennaro Gattuso? That is clear-cut question. NO! Rino is our next

best AC Milan midfielder of all time

. He was born on 9 January 1978 in Corigliano Calabro, Italy. He started his football with Umbrian side

Perugia

and later on at the age of 19, he joined

Rangers

. He didn't stay that long with Rangers and in 1998 he signed his €8 million contract with Milan and made his debut with the club on 15 September 1999, in a 0–0 away draw with

Chelsea

in the UEFA Champions League; he soon broke into the starting line-up that season and made a midfield partnership with playmaker Andrea Pirlo. At the time He was widely regarded as the best player in the world.

This energetic midfielder spent almost 13 years with Milan and after his retirement, he continued his path as a coach. He was even Milan's coach for two years. With Rossoneries, he made 488 appearances, scored 11 goals, and had 20assists. He had the following victories:

Perugia Youth

  • Trofeo Giacinto Facchetti: 1995–96

Milan

  • Serie A: 2003–04, 2010–11. Coppa Italia: 2002–03. Supercoppa Italiana: 2004, 2011. UEFA Champions League: 2002–03, 2006–07. UEFA Super Cup: 2003, 2007 .FIFA Club World Cup: 2007

Italy

  • FIFA World Cup: 2006

Individual

  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2006. Premio Nazionale Carriera Esemplare "Gaetano Scirea": 2012. FIFPro World XI: Nominee 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 .A.C. Milan Hall of Fame

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  • CONI: Golden Collar of Sports Merit: 2006. 4th Class / Officer: Ufficiale Ordine al Merito Della Repubblica Italiana: 2006

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Clarence Seedorf

The name of Clarence Seedorf is familiar to all football fans in every generation. The most decorated Dutch players ever, is our next best AC Milan midfielders of all time. Clarence Clyde Seedorf was born on 1 April 1976 in Paramaribo, Suriname. He had grown up in a footballing family and so at a very young age-6- he started his football in the youth ranks of his local amateur sides VV AS '80 and Real Almere. Growing up, he joined the

Ajax

Youth Academy, as a right midfielder and immediately established himself as the first choice in his position.

Being an Ajax graduate, lots of European clubs wanted to have him. Before joining AC Milan, he had joined

Sampdoria

,

Real Madrid

, and Inter Milan. In 2002, he moved to Milan from its ever rival- Inter- and shortly after made a formidable midfield partnership with Gennaro Gattuso and Andrea Pirlo. Seedorf- as a world-class player spent 14 years with Milan, he made 432 appearances, scored 62 goals, and had 73 assists. He had the following victories:

Ajax

  • Eredivisie: 1993–94, 1994–95KNVB Cup: 1992–93. ohan Cruijff Shield: 1993. UEFA Champions League: 1994–95

Real Madrid

  • La Liga: 1996–97. Supercopa de España: 1997. UEFA Champions League: 1997–98. Intercontinental Cup: 1998

Milan

  • Serie A: 2003–04, 2010–11. Coppa Italia: 2002–03. Supercoppa Italiana: 2004, 2011. UEFA Champions League: 2002–03, 2006–07.UEFA Super Cup: 2003, 2007. FIFA Club World Cup: 2007

Individual

  • Dutch Football Talent of the Year. ESM Team of the Year. UEFA Team of the Year: UEFA Best Midfielder Award. FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball. FIFPro World XI Nominee. Real Madrid Team of the CenturyBola de Prata. Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau. Commander of the Honorary Order of the Yellow Star.Nelson Mandela Legacy Champion. FIFA 100.A.C. Milan Hall of Fame.Golden Foot Award Legends

Demetrio Albertini

The metronome of Rossoneries, is the next

all-time best midfielders at AC Milan. He was born on 23 August 1971 in Besana in Brianza, Italy. He started his football in AC Milan youth academy and since his debut, he spent 14 successful spells with the club.

He left AC Milan and continued his professional career in some other clubs including

Atletico Madrid

,

Barcelona

, and

Lazio

. He made 406 appearances, scored 28 goals, and had 46 assists. With no doubt, he is one of the greatest AC Milan midfielders of all time. He had the following victories:

 Milan

  • Serie A: 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1998–99. Supercoppa Italiana : 1992, 1993, 1994. European Cup/UEFA Champions League (3): 1988–89, 1989–90, 1993–94. UEFA Super Cup (2): 1989, 1994. intercontinental Cup (1): 1989

Lazio

  • Coppa Italia (1): 2003–04

Barcelona

  • La Liga (1): 2004–05

International

  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship (1): 1992. FIFA World Cup runner-up (1): 1994. UEFA European Championship runner-up (1): 2000

Individual

  • UEFA European Football Championship Team of the Tournament: 2000. A.C. Milan Hall of Fame

Orders

  • 4th Class / Officer: Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana:(2006). 5th Class / Knight: Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 2000

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Andrea Pirlo

The ever greatest deep-lying playmaker is our next

best AC Milan midfielders of all time.

Andrea Pirlo was born on 19 May 1979 in Flero, Italy. He started his football career with the Flero youth team and later on joined the youth sector of the local club,

Brescia

, in 1994. For three years he played for Brescia and joined Inter Milan in 1998.

After three seasons, he joined Inter traditional rivals with a 33 billion Italian lire contract. It didn't take long that Pirlo with his high-intelligence made some unforgettable moments and developed into a world-class player. He stayed with Milan for more than a decade and then joined Turin's popular side-

Juve

in 2011. With Rossoneries, he made 401 appearances, scored 41goals, and had 71 assists. He had the following victories:

Milan

  • Serie A: 2003–04, 2010–11.Coppa Italia: 2002–03.Supercoppa Italiana: 2004. UEFA Champions League: 2002–03, 2006–07. UEFA Super Cup: 2003, 2007.FIFA Club World Cup: 2007

Juventus

  • Serie A.Coppa Italia. Supercoppa Italiana

International

  • FIFA World Cup: 2006. UEFA European Under-21 Championship. UEFA European Championship runner-up: FIFA Confederations Cup third-place:

Individual

  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship Top Scorer: 2006 FIFA World Cup: All-star team. 2006 FIFA World Cup: Bronze Ball. 2006 FIFA World Cup: Top Assist Provider IFFHS World's Best Playmaker. FIFPro World XI:FIFA FIFPro World XI .Ballon d'Or: 2006 (9th place), 2007 (5th place) 2012 (7th place) FIFA World Player of the Year: 2007 (7th place) UEFA Super Cup Man of the Match: 2007. UEFA Best Player in Europe Award: 2012 (4th place), 2015 (7th place) .Serie A Team of the Year: Serie A Midfielder of the Year: Serie A Footballer of the Year: A.C. Milan Hall of Fame. Italian Football Hall of Fame: 2019

Orders

  • 5th Class/Knight: Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 2004. CONI: Golden Collar of Sports Merit: 2006. 4th Class/Officer: Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 2006

Roberto Donadoni

Roberto Donadoni was born on 9 September 1963 in Cisano Bergamasco, Italy. He started his football with

Atalanta

and won the Serie C title. After a four-year experience in Atalanta, in 1986 He joined Rossoneries and quickly became a vital midfielder in the squad. After almost a decade he left Milan to join MetroStars, a departure that didn't last long. Once again in 1997 he rejoined his home club. He made 390 appearances, scored 23 goals, and had 59 assists. By this record, he should be considered as one of the best AC Milan midfielders of all time. He had the following victories:

Milan

  • Serie A (6): 1987–88, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1998–99; Runner-up (2): 1989–90, 1990–91. Coppa Italia Runner-up (2): 1989–90, 1997–98. Supercoppa Italiana (4): 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994 European Cup/Champions League (3): 1988–89, 1989–90, 1993–94; Runner-up (2): 1992–93, 1994–95.  UEFA Super Cup (3): 1989, 1990, 1994; Runner-up (1): 1993. Intercontinental Cup (2): 1989, 1990; Runner-up (2): 1993, 1994

Atalanta

  • Serie B (1): 1983–84. Serie C1 (1): 1981–82

International

  • FIFA World Cup Third-place: 1990. FIFA World Cup Runners-up: 1994. UEFA European Championship Semi-finalists: 1988. UEFA U-21 European Football Championship Runners-up: 1986

Individual

  • MLS All-star: 1996, 1997. MLS Best XI: 1996. Premio Nazionale Carriera Esemplare "Gaetano Scirea": 1998. Premio internazionale Giacinto Facchetti: 2015. A.C. Milan Hall of Fame

Orders

  • 5th Class/Knight: Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana

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Alberigo Evani

The next

best AC Milan midfielders of all time

, is Alberigo Evani who started his football in Milan and spent the majority of his professional career there. He was born on 1 January 1963 in Massa, Italy. In 1981 He made his Milan debut at the age of 18 and wore Milan's shirt for almost 13 years. He made 386 appearances, scored 19 goals, and had 72 assists. He had the following victories:

Milan

  • Serie A: 1987–88, 1991–92, 1992–93. Serie B: 1980–81, 1982–83. Supercoppa Italiana: 1988, 1992, 1993. European Cup: 1988–89, 1989–90. European Super Cup: 1989, 1990. Intercontinental Cup: 1989, 1990

International

  • FIFA World Cup (Runner-up): 1994

Individual

  • Intercontinental Cup Man of the Match: 1989. A.C. Milan Hall of Fame

Giovanni Trapattoni

The popular Trap is our next best AC Milan midfielders of all time. Giovanni Trapattoni was born on 17 March 1939 in Cusano Milanino, Kingdom of Italy. In 1953 he joined Milan youth academy to start his professional football and play either as a central defender or as a defensive midfielder with the main task of passing the ball to more creative players. Until the end of 1971, Giovanni remained with Rossoneries, and later on, after a one-year spell with Varese, he retired from professional football. Following his retirement, he continued football as a coach and now is considered the most successful club coach in the modern era of Serie A.

He made 399 appearances, scored 4 goals, and had 1 assist. He had the following victories:

Milan

  • Serie A: 1961–62, 1967–68. Coppa Italia: 1966–67. European Cup: 1962–63, 1968–69. European Cup Winners' Cup: 1967–68

Individual

  • A.C. Milan Hall of Fame. Seminatore d'Oro: 1976–77, 1985. Premio l'Allenatore dei Sogni: 1992. Panchina d'Oro: 1997 .Champions of Europe plaque: 2006. European Football Coach of the Year: 1985, 1991 European Coach of the Season: 1984–85, 1992–93. Philips Manager of the Year Award: 2012. Italian Football Hall of Fame: 2012. ESPN 12th Greatest Manager of All Time: 2013. France Football 12th Greatest Manager of All Time: 2019. World Soccer 19th Greatest Manager of All Time: 2013

Omero Tognon

The next all-time best AC Milan midfielders is a player who never received a caution during his eleven-year spell with Milan. Omero Tognon was born on 3 March 1924 in Padua, Italy. He started his professional football with Milan and until two years before his retirement in Pordenone, he remained loyal to Rossoneries. Tognon who was famous for his correct behavior on the ground made 336 appearances and scored 2 goals. He died on 23 August 1990. He had the following victories:

Milan

  • Serie A: 1950–51, 1954–55. Coppa Latina: 1951, 1956

Individual

  • A.C. Milan Hall of Fame

Alberto Bigon

The next

best AC Milan midfielders ever

, is Albertino who made 326 appearances, scored 90, and had 4 assists. He was born on 31 October 1947 in Padua, Italy. He started his playing career for his native city team Padova and after playing in three different clubs in 1971 he joined AC Milan as an attacking midfielder spent successful 8 years. he had the following victories:

Milan

  • Serie A: 1978–79. Coppa Italia: 1971–72, 1972–73, 1976–77. European Cup Winners' Cup: 1972–73

Individual

  • Special Panchina d'oro: 1997. A.C. Milan Hall of Fame

KaKa

The winner of the Ballon d'Or is our next best AC Milan midfielders ever. Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite was born on 22 April 1982 in Gama, Federal District, Brazil. In 1994, at the age of 8, he was spotted by

São Paulo

. He spent 9 years with senior and junior São Paulo teams, and later on in 2003 with a €8.5 million contract he joined AC Milan. He owed his fame and success to this Italian football. His performances as one of the

greatest AC Milan midfielders of all time

made him one of the best players of his generation.

He spent 6 years in AC Milan and later on he joined Real Madrid. Kaka made 307 appearances, scored 104, and had 85 assists with Milan. He had the following victories:

Milan

  • Serie A: 2003–04. Supercoppa Italiana: 2004. UEFA Champions League: 2006–07. UEFA Super Cup: 2007. FIFA Club World Cup: 2007

Real Madrid

  • La Liga: 2011–12. Copa del Rey: 2010–11

International

  • FIFA World Cup: 2002. FIFA Confederations Cup: 2005, 2009

Individual

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  • Ballon d'Or. FIFA World Player of the Year. FIFPro World Player of the Year. FIFPro World XI: UEFA Team of the Year:UEFA Champions League top scorer: UEFA Club Forward of the Year: UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: .UEFA Club Midfielder of the YearUEFA Champions League Bronze Foot. World Soccer Player of the Year: Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year: Serie A Footballer of the Year: FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball: FIFA World Cup top assist provider: A.C. Milan Hall of Fame: 2010

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Serginho

The Concorde is the next

all-time best AC Milan midfielders

. Sérgio Cláudio dos Santos was born on 27 June 1971 in Nilópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He started his football career in his home country and played for clubs

Cruzeiro EC

,

Bahia

, and São Paulo FC and following his success, he joined Milan in 1999. Serginho was widely known for his energetic attacking runs down the wing. He made 281 appearances, scored 24 goals, and had 55 assists. He had the following victories:

São Paulo

  • Paulista Championship: 1998

Milan

  • Serie A: 2003–04. Coppa Italia: 2002–03. Supercoppa Italiana: 2004. UEFA Champions League: 2002–03, 2006–07. UEFA Supercup: 2003. FIFA Club World Cup: 2007

International

  • Copa América: 1999. FIFA Confederations Cup Silver: 1999

Individual

  • A.C. Milan Hall of Fame

Giovanni Lodetti

We continue our list of best AC Milan midfielders of all time with Giovanni Lodetti who was famous as a defensive midfielder thanks to his stamina and his ability to read the game. He was born on 10 August 1942 in Caselle Lurani, Italy. At the age of 19, he joined Milan junior team, and shortly after his debut, he got promoted to the main team and spent more than a decade with Rossoneries.  He made 274 appearances, scored 24 goals, and had 2 assists. He had the following victories:

Milan

  • Serie A: 1961–62, 1967–68. Coppa Italia: 1966–67. European Cup: 1962–63, 1968–69. Cup Winners' Cup: 1967–68. Intercontinental Cup: 1969

International

  • UEFA European Football Championship: 1968

Individual

  • A.C. Milan Hall of Fame

Zvonimir Boban

Rossoneries former Zorro is the last one on our list of the best AC Milan midfielders of all time.  Boban was born on 8 October 1968 in Imotski, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia. He started his football career in

Dinamo Zagreb

and after six years he took a bigger step and joined Seria A. In 1991 he joined Rossoneries and stayed in the club for nine seasons, and enjoyed great success with them. Boban who was known for his use of feints to beat opponents made 251 appearances, scored 30 goals, and had 35 assists. He had the following victories:

Milan

  • Serie A: 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1998–99. Supercoppa Italiana: 1992, 1993, 1994. UEFA Champions League: 1993–94. UEFA Super Cup: 1994

Croatia

  • FIFA World Cup: 1998 (Third place)

Individual

  • FIFA World Youth Championship Silver Ball: 1987. Croatian Footballer of the Year: 1991, 1999. Ballon d'Or: 1994 (24th place). SN Yellow Shirt Award: 1991. Franjo Bučar State Award for Sport: 1998, 2002 AC Milan: The 20 Greatest Rossoneri of All-Time. A.C. Milan Hall of Fame. Fair Play Menarini Award 2017. Globe Soccer Awards 2018: Special Career Award

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all-time best midfielders at AC Milan

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