AC Milan vs. Inter: 10 Players Who Played for Both Sides

Matteo BonettiContributor IMay 2, 2014

AC Milan vs. Inter: 10 Players Who Played for Both Sides

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    One of the most interesting subplots of this weekend's Derby della Madonnina between city rivals Milan and Inter is that the two clubs have swapped plenty of stars throughout the years.

    Usually, cross-city rivals don't do too much business together, but the two northern Italian sides have exchanged players that went on to have either limited cameos or prolific career with the other team.

    Here are 10 of the most famous players to have suited up for both sides:

Andrea Pirlo

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    The deep-lying playmaker currently plying his trade for Juventus had an incredibly successful career with Milan, winning two Champions League trophies in the decade he played for the Rossoneri.

    However, he played 22 matches total with Inter early on his career, but the Nerazzurri decided to let him go regardless, thinking he'd be surplus. It's one of the most regrettable decisions Inter could have possibly made.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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    The hulking Swedish striker is another player who suited up for Italy's top three most famous teams, including the two Milanese giants.

    Ibra wasn't able to win the fabled Champions League title with either but hoisted the Scudetto with the Rossoneri as well as the Nerazzurri, scoring plenty and becoming the Serie A Capocannoniere three seasons ago.

Clarence Seedorf

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    Now coach of Milan, Clarence Seedorf was once upon a time an Interista.

    Seedorf was exchanged for Francesco Coco back in 2002 after winning the Coppa Italia with Inter. 

    In the decade that would ensue, Seedorf became a staple of Carlo Ancelotti's 4-3-2-1 Christmas tree formation, as the Dutchman was deployed as an attacking midfielder right behind the point-man up top.

Mario Balotelli

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    Current Milan striker Mario Balotelli caused more controversy than goals in his time with Inter, where he was later shunned by former coach Jose Mourinho because of his childish antics.

    He was never able to get into the starting XI for Inter and was ultimately sold to Manchester City.

    Now 23, Balotelli will want to finally get on course and become the player many expect him to be. 

Ronaldo

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    The Brazilian phenomenon played for Inter for five years, but injuries derailed his career and really slowed down the man once considered as the most feared striker worldwide.

    In the twilight of his career, Ronaldo joined Milan for two seasons back in 2007, but another unfortunate injury put an early end to his second year with the Rossoneri.

Christian Vieri

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    The legendary Italian No. 9 played some of his best football with Inter, scoring 103 goals in 143 appearances with the club.

    His stint with Milan wasn't as fruitful, as he only netted once in domestic action in only eight matches. Vieri's partnership with Ronaldo at Inter was one of the most powerful Serie A has ever seen.

Hernan Crespo

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    Apart from lining up for Inter, Hernan Crespo could have been a Milan legend as he scored a brace in the Champions League final against Liverpool.

    Unfortunately, that match ended up as one of the biggest shocks in the history of football, as the English side made a staggering second-half comeback and ended up beating Milan on penalty kicks.

     

Roberto Baggio

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    Even though Baggio really rose to superstardom at Juventus, he had a successful spell with Inter under Marcello Lippi as well as two other years with their cross-town rivals.

    Baggio's performances helped Milan win the Scudetto in 1996.

Antonio Cassano

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    It's unfortunate that a player with the talent level of Antonio Cassano left both Milan clubs is such unceremonious fashion. After all, he was never one to keep a good rapport with teams that took a chance on him.

    Cassano now plays for Parma after being discarded by Inter. Only a year before that, he was traded by Milan to Inter for Giampaolo Pazzini.

Amantino Mancini

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    A more humorous addition, Amantino Mancini's loan deal from Inter to Milan goes down as one of the most bizarre in Italy.

    Already deemed a bust after being purchased from Roma by Inter, Milan took him on for six months where he only managed to play seven times, mostly as a reserve.