Age: 28 (born September 21, 1993)
Shirt number: 12
Country: Croatia (42 caps since 2013, 3 goals)
At AC Milan since: 2020
Already at the prime of his career, Ante Rebić has played the best football at the San Siro for the past few seasons, with the forward having been a reliever for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Olivier Giroud up front for manager Stefano Pioli.
Born in Split, he played for his hometown club RNK until 2013, scoring 18 goals in all competitions.
What followed was a five-year hell at Fiorentina, where he only found the net thrice in all competitions, as he spent most of it on loan to RB Leipzig and Hellas Verona with not much success, until he found his form back with Eintracht Frankfurt in 2016.
It was his time with Die Adler that got him reunited with former Croatia boss Niko Kovac, having been a key contributor in his first two seasons where he scored in consecutive cup finals, including a brace against Bayern in 2018 that gave them the Pokal after a 30-year drought.
Rebic spent barely more than a season with Frankfurt, this time on a permanent basis before joining Milan on loan for his return to Italy in 2019. There, he scored eleven Serie A goals as they returned to Europe and saw the Rossoneri sign him to keep him until 2025.
His first full season on a permanent deal saw him replicate his 2019-20 campaign with the same amount of league goals (12 total goals in all competitions) before suffering a drop in form in the 2021-22 season. He played in 24 league matches and scored only twice, but the season’s end saw him win the Scudetto for Milan.
Rebic might have been a Croatian international since 2013 and went into the World Cup Final five years later, but his form, coupled with public flare-ups, saw him uncalled for the side since last year.