Brilliant Business: The 10 Best Signings AC Milan Made Under Silvio Berlusconi's Rule

AC Milan have just been sold to a Chinese consortium by Silvio Berlusconi, the former Prime Minister of Italy. Berlusconi was in charge of the Italian giants for 31 years, and oversaw five Champions League victories, and eight Serie A titles. Here are the 10 best signings Milan made during his 31 year ownership... Van Basten made his name at Ajax, but his eight seasons at Milan earned him the chance to become one of the best strikers in history. The flying Dutchman won two European Cups and...

Gennaro Gattuso

Signed from Salernitana in 1999, Gattuso made 468 appearances in all competitions for Milan, and scored 11 goals in the process.

For what he lacked in quality, he more than made up for in his work rate and proved to be an integral part of Milan's side for 13 seasons.

Filippo Inzaghi

One of Milan's best ever strikers, he will always be in the hearts of the supporters. Known as the 'man of the finals.' the striker always found the net when his side needed it most.

He scored 126 goals in 281 games for Milan, and bagged the decisive brace in the 2007 Champions League final win against Liverpool.


Kaka's first spell at Milan was by far his best one, and the passion which he held for the club will be imprinted on Milan's fans memories everywhere. 

They got to see best of the Brazilian playmaker, who showcased an explosive turn of pace and first touch to rival the very best.

Alessandro Nesta

Together with Paolo Maldini, Nesta formed one of the best defensive partnerships the world has ever seen. 

He was a world class defender, signed from Lazio in 2002, and the lynchpin in many of Milan's successes during his 10 year career at the San Siro.


The best right-back that Brazil has gifted the footballing world, Cafu only spent five seasons at Milan but his performances were enough to gain the affection of Milan fans.

In his time at the club he won the Serie A once and the Champions League in 2007. The summer before he moved to the San Siro, he won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil.

Andriy Shevchenko

AC Milan's second ever highest goalscorer and the fifth highest in European competitions, Shevchenko joined Milan in 1999 and didn't stop scoring goals until he left the San Siro. 

His best achievements while in Italy were winning the Champions League and the Golden Ball.

Frank Rijkaard

One of the best midfielders in the world during his prime, Milan legend Rijkaard won two Champions Leagues in five years at the club. He secured one of those victories with a goal against Benfica.

Along with Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten, he bossed the show in Serie A for five seasons.

Andrea Pirlo

A household name, Andrea Pirlo was one of the best deep-lying playmakers in the world and stood out as just that in his time at the San Siro, before he was snapped up by Juventus on a free transfer.

He won two Champions League's in 10 years at Milan.

George Weah

Signed in 1995 to replace Marco van Basten, George Weah won two Scudetto's with Milan and scored a bundle of goals before leaving at the age of 33.

After his first year at the San Siro, he won the Balon d'Or, becoming the first ever African to win the award.

Marco van Basten

Van Basten made his name at Ajax, but his eight seasons at Milan earned him the chance to become one of the best strikers in history.

The flying Dutchman won two European Cups and three Scudetto's while at Milan, and amongst other things, he became the club's sixth all time top goalscorer.

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