The Rossoneri Records 

The Rossoneri Records 

AC Milan had a massive library of achievements and honors during the course of their history. From San Siro and beyond, the Il Diavolo deserves to be one of the best football clubs of the world. 

We take a look at a variety of club records and relevant statistics that the Rossoneri have made since their foundation in 1989. 

Player Appearances 

Nine hundred and ninety-eight (998) men have worn the red and black strip of AC Milan, which requires a single appearance (starting or substitute) in the first team on an official match (domestic or international) to be counted. 

Here are the top four. 

  1. Paolo Maldini 

902 appearances from 1984 to 2009, which was a club record. The defender played his entire career with the Rossoneri, hence he had his number 3 retired by the club. 

  1. Franco Baresi 

719 matches from 1978 to 1997. The World Cup winner was the club’s longest serving captain, having worn the armband from 1982 up to his retirement in which he lifted eighteen trophies. Number 6 retired by the club. 

  1. Alessandro Costacurta  

663 matches from 1986-2007. A teammate of Baresi and Maldini, he spent almost his entire career with the Rossoneri, save for his 1986-87 season where he was loaned to Monza in the Serie C1. 

  1. Gianni Rivera  

658 matches from 1960-79. The midfielder became captain at 23, and was instrumental in the first golden period under Nereo Rocco, where he won three Scudetti, three Copa Italia and two European Cups. 

Honorable Mention: Clarence Seedorf 

Ranked eight with 432 appearances from 2002-12, the Netherlands international played the most matches as a foreign player for Milan. 

Super strikers 

Like everyone in Italy, AC Milan prides itself in contributing the best defenders of the game. But also it also produced the best goal scorers on the sport. 

Here is the table of the top ten goal scorers for Il Diavolo. 

 Player National Goals 
Gunnar Nordahl Sweden 221 
Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine 175 
Gianni Rivera Italy 164 
José Altafini Italy/Brazil 161 
Aldo Boffi Italy 136 
Filippo Inzaghi Italy 126 
Marco van Basten Netherlands 125 
Giuseppe Santagostino Italy 106 
Kaká Brazil 104 
10 Pierino Prati Italy 102 

Award winners 

Here are the Rossoneri who have picked up an individual award while at the San Siro 

Ballon d’Or 

  •  Gianni Rivera – 1969 
  •  Ruud Gullit – 1987 
  •  Marco van Basten – 1988, 1989, 1992 
  •  George Weah – 1995 
  •  Andriy Shevchenko – 2004 
  •  Kaká – 2007 

FIFA World Player of the Year 

  •  Marco van Basten – 1992 
  •  George Weah – 1995 
  •  Kaká – 2007 

UEFA Club Footballer of the Year 

Kaká – 2007 


Milan is an active seeker in the transfer Period, and although it has a mixed result, here are the transfers that will catch your eye. 

Record buy: Milan paid a club-record €42 million for Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus in 2017. Returned to Turin just a year later, with Milan selling him for €35 million. 

Record sale: Kaka to Real Madrid for €67 million in 2009. Milan initially signed him for €8.5 million from Brazil’s Sao Paolo in 2003, making a €58.5 million profit. 


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