Fernando Torres, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Jens Lehmann. Who turns out to have played for Milan

Milan in the fourth round of the Champions League group stage will host Porto. This season, the Rossoneri are great in Serie A (one draw and 10 wins in 11 games), but things are not going well in Europe: three defeats in three games.

Now the club has a very vigorous squad, the players of which, perhaps, will become the legends of the Rossoneri. But many tops came to Milan as stars, and were remembered by zilch. Or vice versa: only the escape from the San Siro opened up great opportunities for them. As a result, today it is hard to believe that these guys have ever played for Milan.

Fabrizio Koloccini

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Fabrizio Koloccini (right) and Kaka, 2004

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The Argentinian moved to Milan as a 17-year-old teenager with a scandal: the Italians agreed behind the back of Boca Juniors with the player’s father, but FIFA ordered them to pay the Argentines 7.5 million euros. For 6 years, he never really got a chance at the San Siro, wandering around on leases, and eventually became the top in Deportivo and Pre-Sheikh Newcastle.

Jens Lehmann

At 17, Oliver Kahn’s enemy and future Premier League super goalkeeper crushed Inter on penalties in the 1996/97 UEFA Cup final, which is what the Rossoneri liked. But the experience at San Siro lasted only six months and turned out to be terrifying: against Fiorentina, the German brought a free kick, taking the ball in his hands after a pass from his partner, in another game he brought a penalty kick and was substituted. In the winter, the Rossoneri sent him to Dortmund.

John Gourcuff

Yoann Gourcuff (top), Serginho and Ronaldo at Milan training, 2008

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In the early 2000s, he was considered the heir to Zidane. Yoann did not justify this title even by 1/10. He ended up in Milan when the Ancelotti team was exhausted, managed to win the 2006/07 Champions League, but was remembered by the Italians as an unsociable footballer with a lack of discipline.

Christian Vieri

Christian Vieri and Walter Samuel in the Inter v Milan derby, season 2005/06

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Bobo is one of the few footballers who have tried on the jerseys of all three Serie A whales in his career. He came to Milan in the summer of 2005 as a 32-year-old veteran, ran sluggishly for six months (14 matches, 2 goals) and packed his things.

Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres, AC Milan (2014)

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In 2014, the Spaniard tried to restart his career at Milan after a failure at Chelsea, but the Red-Blacks themselves went for a lengthy restart. In Italy, Torres played only 10 matches and scored 1 goal.

Klaus-Jan Huntelaar

In January 2009, Huntelar strengthened the Dutch colony of Real Madrid, but six months later, all the Orange ones were dispersed. And if Sneijder and Robben very successfully fled to Inter and Bayern, respectively, then Huntelaer disappointed: 7 goals in 25 matches – not this was expected from the superbombardier. Claes-Jan was bought for 17.75 million euros, and a year later they were given to Schalke for 12 million.

Pierre Emerick Obameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores against Milan, 2017

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Gabonese joined the Milan academy at the age of 17 in 2007, and has never played for the senior Rossoneri team at the official level, wandering around the leases for years. In 2012, he was finally sold to Saint-Etienne, where the future star of Dortmund and Arsenal has already grown up.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos

Aubameyang’s future partner in Borussia and Arsenal ended up in Milan at a more respectable age (22 years old) and even won the 2010/11 scudetto, although he appeared on the field only 7 times. Then there were lease with purchase at Werder Bremen.


2002: Rivaldo and Thomas Linke at Bayern v Milan

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Rivaldo moved to Milan at the zenith of his fame after the sumptuous 2002 World Cup, but played only one season, earning the Golden Urn for Serie A’s main disappointment, and then fled to his homeland.

Fernando Redondo

Redondo was one of the leaders of Real Madrid in the late 1990s. In the summer of 2000, Milan paid a good 17.5 million euros for the Argentine at that time, but at the very first training session, Fernando suffered a severe knee injury that left him without football for 2.5 years. Upon his return, he played 33 matches in a red and black jersey, injured his knee again and decided to quit sports.

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