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Who are the most expensive AC Milan signings ever? How much money have I Rossoneri spent on their record arrivals? Read on to see who the most expensive signings in AC Milan history are.

Perhaps there should not be any introduction for Associazione Calcio Milan, or simply known as

AC Milan

, as anyone in the world of football would have at least heard about the club once in their lives. They are undoubtedly one of the historically rich clubs in the world, with numerous trophies enough to show their class to everyone. Even though they have not won the Champions League for more than thirteen years, they are still the second most decorated club in the Champions League history, with an outstanding seven trophies overall.

Even clubs such as

Bayern Munich

, Liverpool and Barcelona have not been able to reach those heights despite having much stronger squads in the recent years, which shows how formidable the Italian side actually were during their golden age in the 2000s. Clubs with such a magnitude surely need to spend ridiculous amounts of money to stay in business and bring new high-profile players in order to compete with Europe’s elite for several years. That is why we are here to take a look at the list of

AC Milan all-time most expensive signings

.

But before we go on to unveil AC Milan most expensive transfers ever, let us see how many trophies the Serie A side have won throughout their history, as surely many would like to know a bit more about one of the most famous Italian clubs in the world, who have welcomed so many world-class and iconic players over the years, such as Kaka,

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

, Clarence Seedorf, Andriy Shevchenko and many more. I Rossoneri have won the following titles and honors throughout their 121 years of history:

Milan have won 7 Champions League trophies (3 UCLs and 4 European Champion Clubs’ Cup), 18 Scudettos, 5 Coppa Italia trophies, 1 FIFA Club World Cup, 7 SuperCoppa Italiana titles, 3 Intercontinental Cups, 5 UEFA Super Cups, 2 Cup Winners’ Cup and 2 Serie B Championships. Now that we have had a more in-depth look at their trophies, let us see who

AC Milan most expensive signings ever are

.

AC Milan all-time most expensive signings

For your convenience, we have prepared a shortlist of everyone mentioned on the list of most expensive AC Milan transfers of all time. How do you think these players have fared during their time at one of the most decorated clubs in the world?

  • Alberto Gilardino - €25M

  • Alessandro Nesta - €31M

  • Carlos Bacca - €33.5M

  • Krzysztof Piatek - €35M

  • Mattia Caldara - €35M

  • Filippo Inzaghi - €36M

  • Andre Silva - €38M

  • Lucas Paqueta - €38.5M

  • Rui Costa - €41M

  • Leonardo Bonucci - €42M

Follow us below as we take a more in-depth look at the players’ performances during their time at AC Milan.

Alberto Gilardino

  • Transfer fee: €25M

As one of AC Milan most expensive signings ever, Alberto Gilardino has played for quite a number of teams throughout his career which ended in 2018 after he decided to hang up his boots at the age of 36. But while there are clubs such as Empoli,

Palermo

and Hellas Verona on the Italian striker’s resume, he is best known for his time at AC Milan and

Fiorentina

.

Since this article is all about the

most expensive AC Milan signings ever

, we shall have a look at how the striker managed to still have his name on such a list after roughly 15 years since his initial arrival at the club. While there are unbelievably talented players out there who have also been dubbed the GOAT, they still lack one thing which Alberto Gilardino has achieved during his career.

The Italian has two of the world’s most prestigious trophies in his trophy cainet, which are the World Cup and the

Champions League

trophy, which many of the greatest players in the world have yearned to achieve, but have not. Gilardino joined I Rossoneri in the 2005/06 season for a reported fee of €25 million and went on to stay at the club for three seasons, making a total of 132 appearances as he scored 44 goals and provided 21 assists in the process.

While one of AC Milan most expensive signings ever enjoyed a fine couple of seasons at Milan, his last months with the club under Carlo Ancelotti was described by himself as the worst in his career, as he was relegated to third striker and spent most of his time on the bench. Even though he did not get to have a happy ending with Milan, he still focused on its positive aspects as he claimed to have learned quite a lot from his experience.

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Alessandro Nesta

  • Transfer fee: €31M

Undoubtedly one of the best center-backs the world has ever seen, Alessandro Nesta holds a special place in the hearts of his fans, the club’s supporters, Italians and basically everyone who has ever watched football since his time. Nesta moved to Milan back in 2002 from

Lazio

for €31 million and completed one of

AC Milan most expensive transfers ever

as he set out to create his legacy at San Siro.

The 2006 World Cup winner has won quite a lot of other prestigious trophies as well, winning two Champions League trophies and many other domestic titles over the years with AC Milan. The current Frosinone manager went on to make a total of 326 appearances for Milan as he guarded his club’s goal, holding off the opposition strikers.

Carlos Bacca

  • Transfer fee: €33.5M

Carlos Bacca has played for two of the most formidable sides in La Liga, namely

Villarreal

and

Sevilla FC

, but let us not forget that he was also a Milan player once, as he became one of

AC Milan most expensive signings ever

after completing his €33 million move from Sevilla to the Italian side. As quite an underrated center-forward, Bacca has made more than 450 appearances throughout his whole career, scoring 202 goals in those appearances, which shows how prolific the Colombian striker has actually been.

During his time at Milan, things were not so different, as he managed to score a total of 34 goals and provide 8 assists in 77 appearances. Despite his quite short spell with the Rossoneri, he did help the club win the Supercoppa Italiana in the 2016/17 season and is still on the list of AC Milan highest transfer fee paid ever with his €33.5 million transfer fee.

Krzysztof Piatek

  • Transfer fee: €35M

Piatek was believed to be the next hotshot around after he completed one of the

most expensive AC Milan transfers of all time

and moved to San Siro (officially known as Stadio Giuseppe Meazza) for a reported fee of €35 million. The honeymoon phase of his move to AC Milan was dreamy enough for the fans to get excited by his presence on the pitch. The Polish striker started to break records from the very beginning by first becoming the first Milan player to score in his first three starts in the league since Mario Balotelli.

While everything was set for Piatek to become the next Shevchenko, but sadly for the player and the fans, the fairytale ended prematurely the very next season as he was sold to

Hertha Berlin

for €24 million. Overall, the currently 25-year-old center-forward went on to make 41 appearances for his former club, scoring 16 goals and providing 2 assists in the process. Even though his time was cut short in Italy, he is still one of AC Milan most expensive signings ever.

Mattia Caldara

  • Transfer fee: €35M

There seems to be a curse that grabs hold of some of the players who become one of the

most expensive signings in AC Milan history

. In fact, it is not only with AC Milan players, as the curse is around haunting players at every club. Those suffering from the curse turn out to be utter flops as they might not even get enough play time to prove themselves.

That was the case with Mattia Caldara, who became one of AC Milan most expensive signings ever after completing a move away from Juventus for €35 million. The Italian center-back only managed to make a mere two appearances for AC Milan and spent all of his time on the bench, either as a substitute or due to injury. There is nothing more to say about his rather disappointing spell at San Siro, as the injury-prone defender succumbed to the pressure and the will of his injuries to finally move back to his parent club,

Atalanta

, on loan.

Filippo Inzaghi

  • Transfer fee: €36M

Next on our list of AC Milan most expensive signings ever is another one of the prolific strikers who played through the golden age of Milan in the 2000s. The now 47-year-old Italian was one of the most prolific and sought after center-forwards of his time, who helped AC Milan to various victories in quite crucial matches as they won two Scudettos, two Champions League trophies and many other honors during his spell.

Not only was Inzaghi a part of one of the most formidable side in Europe, he was also a part of the team that won the 2006 World Cup for

Italy

against Zinedine Zidane’s France. The Italian World Cup winner spent ten seasons with the Rossoneri as he managed to make a net 300 appearances for the club, scoring an impressive 126 goals and providing 34 assists in the process, which truly made it worthwhile to put him on the list of

AC Milan highest transfer fee paid ever

.

Andre Silva

  • Transfer fee: €38M

While AC Milan currently rely on a 39-year-old beast of a striker, who does not seem to age at all, to do the business and score the goals as they currently sit at the top as the league leaders, there used to be a time when they invested in young players with a prospect of high potential. One such player was Andre Silva who became one of

AC Milan most expensive signings ever

after his €38 million move from

Porto

back in 2017.

Unfortunately for the young striker, he seemed to have been cursed as well, as was usually used as a substitute rather than being selected in the starting XI. He did not even get to play at most matches as he warmed the bench for the full 90 minutes. After spending a season on loan with Sevilla, the Portuguese center-forward joined Eintracht Frankfurt on loan in 2019 as he finally made his move permanent this season for €3 million.

Overall, Andre Silva got to make 41 appearances at his former club, scoring 10 goals and providing 2 assists in the process. It is safe to say that the Portugal international did not get to enjoy a prosperous career at San Siro, despite being one of AC Milan most expensive signings ever.

Lucas Paqueta

  • Transfer fee: €38.5M

It seems that Milan have a habit of bringing in young talents for a hefty fee, only to let go of them one or two seasons later as the players decline unbelievably due to various reasons. Lucas Paqueta is one of the more recent victims as he became one of AC Milan most expensive signings ever after his €38.5 million move away from the Brazilian side,

Flamengo

, to join Milan in Serie A.

The now 23-year-old attacking-midfielder has got quite a long way to go as he has recently signed for Lyon for €20 million, but that does not wash away the not so good couple of seasons he got to spend at San Siro, making 44 appearances and scoring only one goal during those appearances. He also managed to provide three assists, but that is not a good enough tally to help a player stay at a club such as AC Milan.

Rui Costa

  • Transfer fee: €41M

Next on our list of AC Milan most expensive signings ever, is the 48-year-old retired footballer, Rui Costa, who moved from Fiorentina to AC Milan on a big-money deal that cost the Rossoneri a reported fee of €41 million back in 2001, which considering how long ago it was, highlights the magnitude of his move in almost twenty years ago.

He actually became the club’s all-time most expensive player when he initially moved to San Siro and stayed on top with the title to his name until 2017. During his spell at AC Milan, Costa enjoyed a successful career, winning one of each of the following: The Serie A title, the Coppa Italia and the Italian Super Cup, the UEFA Champions League and one UEFA Super Cup. Of course his play time did decrease due to the arrival of a new and talented youngster named Kaka, who as you well know, got to win the Ballon d’Or in 2007.

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Leonardo Bonucci

  • Transfer fee: €42 million

33-year-old Leonardo Bonucci has played for quite a number of Italian clubs during his time, including Genoa and

Inter

as well. But he is best known for his time at Juventus, despite being one of AC Milan most expensive signings ever. It is of course interesting to know why he opted to move to Milan in the first place, as he quickly returned home to Juventus the very next season for a dropped price.

Bonucci did not get to win any major trophies with Rossoneri and did not enjoy quite a successful season with them either, as he only spent a single season before moving back to

Juventus

, where he is currently playing as one of the best center-backs of his generation.

These were some of the most expensive players that AC Milan have bought over the years, but surely the list is not going to stay the same forever, as new and talented players are also going to join one of the historically rich clubs in the world, who are still the second most decorated club in Champions League history behind

Real Madrid

, who are currently way ahead of everyone.

We will have to wait and see if they manage to win the league title this season and if they can use the profits earned towards building a much stronger side to once again compete in the UCL amongst Europe’s most elite to start another golden age for the club’s supporters.

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