Without capable and professional forwards, a team is incomplete. Basically, strikers are essential for a football club. The Italian A.C. Milan is no exception and in this article, we plan to review the Best AC Milan forwards of all time.
Associazione Calcio Milan, AC Milan, Milan, Rossoneri, Diavolo, call it what you want but you can also call the club one of the most widely known football clubs of all time.Founded in 1899 by Alfred Edwards and Herbert Kilpin the club has been playing in the Italian top tier football league since its establishment except for two seasons.
AC Milan is one of the most successful Italian clubs and has won several domestic and international titles throughout the years. Although Juventus is the most successful club domestically, at the international level no other Italian club has achieved the number of honors Milan has.With seven European Cup/Champions League titles, which is more than any other Serie A club, a joint-record five UEFA Super Cups, and more, Milan's FIFA and UEFA trophies is the fourth highest out of any club. Rossoneri's all-time achievements are included:
Surely a huge reason for all these victories is the players that had come and go within all of these years. Including goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and forwards or strikers.One of the most important duties on the pitch is to create goals from the chances created and that's what some amazing strikers do in Rossoneri besides other hard and important duties. So to honor these footballers we prepared a list of AC Milan best forwards ever.
So here is the list! Tune in, enjoy, and be sure to read the whole article.
Nils Gunnar Nordahl played his career from the late 30s till the early 60s. He was a Swedish footballer who spent most of his career with Swedish clubs but he also had spells with the Italian clubs, Roma and Milan.He joined Rossoneri in 1949 after he made 95 appearances for the Swedish club, IFK Norrköping. He made his debut in a 3-2 home win against Pro Patria.
Since then, he went on to play 262 matches on Milan's side, netting 213 times. He finished as the top scorer in 5 Serie A seasons and was the record holder fothe most goals for a single club in the history of the Italian league but he was surpassed by Francesco Totti. It's worth mentioning that Nordahl is Milan's all-time top scorer. In 1965, he left Diavolo and joined Roma. He retired in 1960 when he was playing for Karlstad BIK.
The second person on the list of Best AC Milan forwards of all time is the Dutch striker Marco van Basten. He was also the head coach of Ajax and Netherlands. Viewed as one of the greats in world football,he won three Ballon d'Ors two of which were consecutive in 1988, 1989. Van Basten was named FIFA World Player of the Year as well.
Born on 31 October 1964 in Utrecht, Netherlands, he began playing for a local team, EDO, when he was 6 years old. Then he spent nine years at UVV Utrecht and a year at Elinkwijk. After that, he joined Ajax as a 16-year-old in 1981, playing his debut match on 3 April 1982 against NEC where he scored his goal. Two seasons later, he became a part of the first team and established himself as the club's main attacker.Eventually, he got signed to Rossoneri in 1987. In his first season, he helped the club to win the first Scudetto in eight years although he did not play very much due to injury. He went on to play eight seasons for Milan, scoring 125 goals.
As a prolific goalscorer, he scored 300 goals throughout his career. His height, strength, powerful volleys, headers so many other things made him one of the bests. Unfortunately, he was forced to retire at the age of 28 due to injuries.
Former Ukrainian footballer Andriy Mykolayovych Shevchenko is the next individual in the list of All-time Best AC Milan strikers. He won the Ballon d'Or in 2004, was named the Ukrainian Footballer of the Year, won numerous titles with the clubs he played with, and is regarded as one of the bests of his generation.
He won the Serie A, Coppa Italia, UEFA Supercup, and he was part of the squad who won the 2003 Champions League. With 175 goals within 322 appearances he made for Milan, he is the second-highest goalscorer in Rossoneri after Treviso.Speaking of being the top scorer, he is the all-time Derby Della Madonnina top scorer and had netted 14 goals against Inter Milan.
The Italian-Brazilian former striker is the fourth person on this list. He played on Diavolo's side for 7 seasons and established himself as one of the Best AC Milan forwards of all time. He spent most of his career with Serie A clubs including Juventus, Napoli, and Milan but he had stints with swiss, Brazillian, and Canadian teams as well.
He joined Rossoneri in 1958 after he began his professional career with the Brazilian club, Palmeiras. After over 100 appearances with Palmeiras, he got signed to Milan and made his debut on 21 September 1958 in a home win against Triestina.His first season at Milan went pretty well, as he won the Serie A title and scored 28 goals in 32 appearances he made. Since then, he scored 120 more goals and represented Rossoneri 235 times.
As one of AC Milan best forwards ever, he was an agile, physically strong, fast, and prolific goal scorer who was renowned for his excellent control, techniques, accurate shots, dribbling, and more. In his all-time career, he managed to net almost 300 goals.After winning two Serie A and one European cup title, he left Diavolo and joined Napoli in 1965. Eventually, he retired in 1980 when he was playing for the Swiss club, Mendrisiostar.
In the continuation of the Best AC Milan strikers ever list, we have the Italian striker Aldo Boffi. He spent his career playing for Italian clubs including, Atalanta, Seregno, and of course, AC Milan.Boffi was born on 26 February 1915 in Giussano, a comune in the Italian region Lombardy. He started his professional career in 1934 with Seregno, a club in the region of Lombardy.
After two seasons with Seregno, he left the club and joined Rossoneri in 1936. He played his debut league match against Lazio in a 3-0 away loss. Since then, he established himself in the first team and became one of the Best AC Milan forwards ever.With Milan, Boffi scored 129 goals within the 187 matches he played with the Red and Black jersey. He was the Serie A top scorer or capcannonieri for three seasons: 1938–39, 1939–40, 1941–42.
He played for Diavolo for eight seasons and participated in 164 Serie A matches and 23 Coppa Italia matches on Milan's side. Unfortunately, he never won any honors with Rossoneri, he left the club and .
joined Atalanta in 1945.After a brief spell at Atalanta, he returned to Seregno and ended his playing career where he began it. He passed away on 26 October 1987 when he was 72.
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The Italian manager and Former player Filippo Inzaghi is another individual whose name is in the Best ever AC Milan forwards list.He is the current manager of the Italian club Benevento and he has managed teams like Milan and Bologna as well but, he was also a footballer and in fact, a pretty solid one. As one of the Best AC Milan forwards of all time, he was a talented and prolific striker with an eye for a goal. He is praised for his extreme speed, his ability in taking advantage of the carelessness of his opponents, and his style of play and tendency to operate mainly in the penalty box gave him the nickname "goal poacher." He started his senior career with Piacenza in 1991 after he got trained in the club's youth team, then he had spells in the teams, AlbinoLeffe (on loan), Hellas Verona (on loan), Parma, Atalanta, Juventus, and eventually joined Rossoneri in 2001. Actually, he never joined another club and retired at Milan in 2011. In 11 seasons, he made 300 appearances and scored 126 times with Milan's jersey. With Diavolo, he won two Serie A titles, One Coppa Italia title, two Champions League titles, and more.
Giuseppe Santagostino played for Diavolo through the 20s and the early 30s. He established himself as one of the Best AC Milan forwards of all time and was inducted into Milan's Hall of Fame.
He was actually born in Milan on March 18, 1901, and started his professional career with Rossoneri in 1921. In his debut season, he made ten appearances and scored six goals with The Red and Black shirt. He went on to score 100 more goals in the 234 matches he played with Diavolo which ranked him the right among the A.C. Milan's all-time goalscorers list. Most of his goals were scored in Divisione Nazionale, which was the name of the first level of the Italian Football Championship from 1926 to 1929. Speaking of goals,
it's worth mentioning that Santagostino scored the very first goal ever at the San Siro. Unfortunately, he never won a trophy in his career but, this doesn't deny the fact that he is one of the Best forwards in AC Milan history.
After making three appearances in the 1931–32 season for Milan, he went on to briefly play for Catanzaro, Nice, Atalanta in just one season.He then returned to Milan as a manager and managed the team for two years.
Italian former forward Pierino Prati spent almost all of his career with Italian and Serie A clubs. He only had a brief spell with the American Rochester Lancers.The clubs he played for are in order: Salernitana, Milan, Savona (loan) Roma, Fiorentina, Savona, Rochester Lancers, and Savona. He also represented his national team, Italy 14 times. In Milan, he had a successful six and a half-season spell, winning one Serie A, two Coppa Italias, one European Cup, two European Cup Winners' Cup, etc, and claimed his place among the Best AC Milan forwards of all time.
He started his senior career with Salernitana in 1965 at the age of 19. After a season with the club, he joined Milan making his debut on 18 September 1966 against Calcio Venezia but, after only two games, he was loaned to Savona.After a brief spell with Savona, he returned to Milan and began his journey. In his first season, he finished as Serie A top scorer with 15 goals and Milan won the competition that season.
Known as "Pierino the pest," he was a gifted footballer who was versatile enough to play anywhere along the front-line. In addition, his pace, technique, accurate shooting, etc. make him one of the Best ever AC Milan strikers. He left Rossoneri after netting 101 times.
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Belgian inside forward Louis Van Hege is the next footballer whose name is among the All-time Best AC Milan forwards. He played for Milan in the 1910s before World War 1 began.He was The Red and Blacks Capitan for two or three seasons, and he is among the AC Milan top scorers as well. He netted 97 times within the 90 games he played with Rossoneri.
Born on 8 May 1889 in Uccle, Belgium, he started playing football with R.U. Saint-Gilloise youth team when he was 11 years old. After six seasons in the youth team, he joined the R.U. Saint-Gilloise first team and made his professional debut.Then, after 42 appearances and 15 goals in four years, he left the club and joined Milan in 1910. In his debut season, he appeared in 16 matches on Milan's side, netting 19 times. He went on to score 81 more times for Diavolo and became one of the Best AC Milan forwards of all time.
Unfortunately for Van Hege, he never won a championship with Milan. Actually, after 1907, Milan hadn't achieved a Serie A trophy till 1950. So he was the right player, in the right place but not at the right time. Nevertheless, he did his duty and helped a lot. As it was told earlier after world war 1 began, he left the club and returned to R.U. Saint-Gilloise.
The first individual in the list of Best AC Milan forwards of all time is the current president of Liberia, George Manneh Oppong Weah. He was also a striker who played his career from the mid-80s till the early 00s. As one of the best African players ever, he won one Ballon d'Or, was named, FIFA World Player of the Year and African Player of the Century to be the only African footballer to ever receive these honors.
He played in different leagues with different teams such as Ligue 1, Premier league, Liberian Premier League, and Serie A.Born on 1 October 1966, he started football when he was 15 with a youth club named Young Survivors Claratown. Then in 1985, he started his professional career with Bong Range United.He spent a few more seasons with Liberian and African clubs, winning two Liberian Premier League titles.He was transferred to Ligue one and had spells in Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, then he went to Italy and joined Rossoneri.
In Milan, he had four successful seasons and in this short period, he managed to place himself among the Best strikers in AC Milan history.His speed, finishing abilities, stamina, dribbling abilities, and so on, established him as one of the best forwards to this day. He actually was in Milan at the right time, filling the void left in the Milan attack by Marco van Basten.After winning two Seri A titles, he left Diavolo to join the English club, Manchester City. Eventually, after 183 goals in almost 500 appearances, he retired in 2003.
So these were the Best AC Milan forwards of all time.Hope you liked it and learned something new about these phenomenal footballers.