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The Best Players Who Have Played for Both AC Milan and Inter

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was one of the brightest prospects in world football when he broke out at Malmo in the early 2000s. The towering Swede was soon snatched up by Dutch powerhouse, Ajax, where he impressed for three seasons before making his way to Italy.

He joined Juventus in 2004 and spent two seasons there, leaving as a result of the Calciopoli scandal. Ibrahimovic joined Inter the season after and was part of a team that won three Serie A titles in a row, where he averaged more than a goal every other game for the Nerazzurri - this remains arguably his best period in club football.

Pep Guardiola brought the Swede to Camp Nou in 2009, however, but after a rocky relationship between the two, Ibrahimovic returned to Italy, but this time to rivals AC Milan. The fans on the opposite side took to the Swede once more, helping Milan to win the Serie A in 2010/11, which remains the last time they did so.

Ibrahimovic left to PSG in 2012 and returned to Milan at the age of 37 and has been the club’s top scorer since his return. No doubt he is loved more by Milan than Inter, despite winning so much with the latter.

Clarance Seedorf

Clarence Seedorf was one of the best midfielders in Europe during his time at Real Madrid, Ajax and Sampdoria and thus go the move to Italy.

The Dutchman had already won two Champions League titles and three league titles during spells at Real Madrid and Ajax, but Seedorf joined Inter in 1999 and spent three seasons at the club where they failed to find any success at all.

Seedorf followed Pirlo to AC Milan in 2002 and fit right into Carlo Ancelloti’s famous system. He then became the first player to win the Champions League with three different clubs as he went on to win two more at Milan under Ancelotti, and he goes down as a Milan great.

Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo is regarded as one of the most talented midfielders of his generation, appearing over 100 times for Italy and winning six Serie A titles, two Champions League titles and a World Cup with his country. Pirlo’s career began at Brescia, but he soon joined Italian giants Inter Milan in 1998, which a lot of people seem to forget, given his success at Juventus and Milan.

The midfield maestro struggled to cement his place in the Inter line up which included Luigi Di Biagio and Seedorf and Pirlo made subsequently made the brave move to AC Milan in 2002 and began to show the talent we became so accustomed.

He won two champions league titles with the Rossoneri in what is regarded as one of the greatest teams in modern football history, managed by Ancelotti with Pirlo being one of the standout players for years.

Mario Balotelli

One of the most controversial footballers there has ever been, Mario Balotelli is another player that has represented both sides of Milan and had a topsy-turvy relationship with both.

Balotelli joined Inter Milan as a teenager in 2007 and had the potential to become a great striker and he showed many glimpses of talent which many thought could be nurtured into a world-class player. However, his antics on and off the pitch may have been a determining factor in why he never became the player he could have been.

Roberto Mancini brought the maverick to Manchester in 2010 and whilst there were some crazy moments during their father-son-like relationship, Balotelli helped the Citizens to an FA Cup and Premier League win.

Balotelli joined Milan in 2012 and started like a house on fire, scoring 12 goals in 13 games in the Serie A. He continued his goalscoring form into the following season and joined Liverpool in 2014 with this momentum. After a tricky spell, he returned to Milan in 2015 and couldn’t regain his previous form before moving to France, and ever since, he's gone way off the grid in the footballing world.

Hakan Çalhanoğlu

Hakan Çalhanoğlu has joined Milan's eternal rivals Inter this summer transfer window as they look to retain their first Serie A title since 2010. Çalhanoğlu has been one of Milan’s key players over the last few season’s acting as a creative force and helping the club get back into the Champions League for the first time since 2014.

The Turkish international’s contract expired at the end of last season and has seemingly opted to seek pastures new to develop his career. Inter are struggling financially and the acquisition of Çalhanoğlu will be a good piece of business as they won’t have to pay a transfer fee for the Turking attacking midfielder and he's already proved his worth in the capital.

Whilst both clubs share an unresolvable resentment for one another, many players have worn the famous shirts of both the Rossoneri and the Nerazzurri, and Çalhanoğlu is just the next one.