REAL BARCA & MILANO INTER:AC
While the transfers of Luis Enrique from Real Madrid to Barcelona and Michael Laudrup and Luís Figo from Barcelona to Real Madrid caused an uproar amongst the fans of their respective clubs, the rivalry between the two teams has not prevented players from switching teams, sometimes without controversy. Here are a few from both camps....
Josep Samitier (Barça to Madrid) (1932)
Evaristo de Macedo (Barça to Madrid) (1962)
Lucien Muller (Madrid to Barça) (1965)
Bernd Schuster (Barça to Madrid) (1988)
Luis Milla (Barça to Madrid) (1990)
Gheorghe Hagi (Madrid to Brescia to Barça) (1994)
Fernando "Nando" Muñoz (Barça to Madrid) (1992)
Michael Laudrup (Barça to Madrid) (1994)
Robert Prosinecki (Madrid to Real Oviedo to Barça) (1995)
Miquel Soler (Barça to Sevilla to Madrid) (1995)
Luis Enrique (Madrid to Barça) (1996)
Daniel García Lara (Madrid to Real Mallorca to Barça) (1999)
Luís Figo (Barça to Madrid) (2000)
Albert Celades (Barça to Celta Vigo to Madrid) (2000)
Alfonso Pérez (Madrid to Real Betis to Barça) (2000)
Ronaldo (Barça to Internazionale to Madrid) (2002)
Samuel Eto'o (Madrid to Real Mallorca to Barça) (2004)
Javier Saviola (Barça to Madrid) (2007)
In through the out door in Milan
There has been plenty of loyalty in the city of Milan; think of that legendary back-four at AC Milan of Tassotti, Costacurta, Baresi and Maldini, and currently the midfielder Massimo Ambrosini; and at Inter Milan, the Argentinian pair of Zanetti and Cambiasso, and before that the legendary left-back Giacinto Faccetti.
But, there has been more than plenty of players who haven't thought twice about moving between the clubs and wearing the colours of their arch-enemies.
Please meet these motley crue in our MILANO INTER-AC
1 - LORENZO BUFFON - He played 89 times for Inter 60'-63', but before that he also played for a decade 49'-59' for their city rivals AC Milan. He was also capped 15 times for the Italian national team.
Lorenzo Buffon is related to Gianluigi Buffon, the current goalkeeper for Juventus and the Italian national team. He is a cousin of Gianluigi's grandfather.
2 - THOMAS HELVEG - The most prominent period of his career was five years with AC Milan, with whom he won the 1999 Serie A championship and 2003 UEFA Champions League. However, he only featured in eight of 34 matches in the 2002-03 season, so he moved to Inter Milan. Helveg was in fact already owned by Inter, who had bought him in November 2000, and subsequently loaned him to AC Milan for three and a half seasons. Where did he end up after Inter?....Carrow Road with Norwich City.
3 - FRANCESCO COCO - Before he packed it all in to concentrate on his career as a cigarette smoker, party animal, clothing manufacturer and wannabe movie star, Francesco Coco was tipped to become the next Paolo Maldini and had stints at both Milan and Inter.
It's Inter who he blames partly for his demise as the next great Italian left-back. Coco has stated that the Nerazzurri made a mistake by letting him undergo back surgery in November 2003. He is still waiting for that call from Steven Spielberg.
4 - ANDREA PIRLO - The ‘Metronomo' has been established as the principal playmaker in front of the Milan back four for so long that it's almost impossible to comprehend that he once belonged to Inter
In truth, Pirlo and Inter never really got on, with successive coaches leaving the little genius on the bench or loaning him out, before he signed a deal with AC Milan in 2001 and became a lynchpin for club and country and one of the most unique and under-rated footballers on the planet.
5 - FULVIO COLLOVATI - Even though Fulvio Collovati came through the Milan youth system and made 158 appearances for the Rossoneri, the club tested his loyalty to breaking point.
When, in 1980, Milan were famously relegated to Serie B following a betting scandal, Collovati was one of the few players to stay at the club. But after climbing their way back to the top flight, Milan were subsequently relegated again, this time on purely footballing grounds, and the soon-to-be World Cup winner signed for Inter instead.
6 - DARIO SIMIC - ŠimiÄ‡ was a versatile defender who played as full-back, sweeper or centre back. A product of Dinamo Zagreb's academy, he later played for Inter 99'-02' and Milan 02'-08'.
7 - CLARENCE SEEDORF - Maybe only a player as universally liked and admired as the trophy-collecting Dutch midfielder could move directly from Inter to AC Milan and get away with it.
After four massively successful seasons with Real Madrid, Seedorf was already an international superstar by the time he was sold to Inter for £14 million at the turn of the century.
Two barren years with the Nerazzurri have been followed by six seasons with the Rossoneri, during which he has won two UEFA Champions Leagues, one Scudetto, one FIFA World Club Cup and two UEFA Super Cups.
8 - CHRISTIAN VIERI - At Inter, Vieri formed a potentially dangerous partnership with Ronaldo up front, but because of injuries to both players, they were not able to play together often. He was impressive in his first couple of seasons, but constant mangerial changes meant that Inter could not challenge for the Scudetto. It was under disciplined Argentinian coach, Héctor Cúper, that Vieri and Inter really began to flourish and challenge for honours. Vieri was made the focal point of the attack and scored 22 goals in 25 games in the 2001-02 season as Inter narrowly missed out on the Scudetto after their infamous last day defeat to Lazio. The following season he was Serie A Capocannoniere after scoring an impressive 24 goals in just 23 appearances. In addition, he scored 3 goals in Inter's Champions League campaign and formed a potent partnership with Hernán Crespo. He scored both of Inter's goals in the quarter-final victory over Valencia. Sadly, Vieri was injured during the 2nd leg of this game and therefore played no part in the semi final defeat to city rivals AC Milan.
The following year, Cúper was sacked only a few games into the season and was replaced by Alberto Zaccheroni. Vieri did not get along with his new managerand also had many of the Inter fans turn on him after his dip in form. In addition, he had shown his discontent at the sale of strike partner Crespo to Chelsea. When Roberto Mancini replaced Zaccheroni in the summer of 2004, Vieri played the majority games up-front with Adriano. It was clear to many though that the injury he had sustained against Valencia had taken its toll on Vieri and he was no longer as sharp in front of goal, despite his respectable goal output.
In July 2005, Vieri and Internazionale came to a mutual agreement to terminate his contract with the club. He was then signed by rivals AC Milan, but left the rossoneri - where he was not a regular starter - after just six months, joining French side Monaco in order to play regularly and gain a place in Italy's squad for the 2006 World Cup. However, he suffered a serious knee injury while playing for Monaco in 2006, which required extensive surgery and ruled out the possibility of playing in his third consecutive World Cup.
9 - RONALDO - The buck-toothed Brazilian is the only player in history who has scored for both clubs in the Milan derby. Ronaldo found the target for Inter Milan in the 1998-99 season and then for AC Milan during his injury-plagued stint at the club following his transfer from Real Madrid in 2007.
Despite rupturing the tendon in his right knee not once but twice, Ronaldo remains an Inter legend with 49 goals in 68 games and a hatful of truly remarkable performances.
10 - ROBERTO BAGGIO - Everyone knows that Roberto Baggio became the best player in the world when he was at Juventus, yet he did have two reasonably successful season's with AC Milan and two highly fractious ones under the tutelage of Marcello Lippi at Inter.
After five stunning years with La Vecchia Signora, it took all the persuasive powers of Silvio Berlusconi to bring Baggio to the San Siro and the move paid off, as the Divine Ponytail's performances helped the club to lift the title in 1996.
11 - ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC - In 2006, Ibrahimovic signed for Inter Milan, where he won individual awards such as the Oscar del Calcio, the Guldbollen, and being named in the 2007 UEFA Team of the Year, in addition to finishing as the league's highest scorer in 2008-09 while winning three straight Scudetti.
In the summer of 2009, he transferred to Barcelona, where he stayed for just one season before moving to AC Milan this summer.
12 - HERNAN CRESPO - On 31 August 2002, Crespo signed with Inter as replacement for the departed Ronaldo.
He scored seven goals in three appearances, along with nine goals in 12 Champions League matches until he was shelved four months by injury in early 2003.
Crespo was transferred to Premier League club Chelsea on 26 August 2003 for £16.8 million. He made only 31 appearances (including 19 league starts) in all competitions, and scored 12 goals. After José Mourinho took over as Chelsea manager for the 2004-05 season, Crespo became surplus to Chelsea's plans and was loaned to AC Milan, as requested by the then-coach Carlo Ancelotti. He scored a total of ten league goals, and netted twice in the 2005 Champions League Final defeat to Liverpool.
After Chelsea's failed attempts to land a big-name striker during the summer of 2005, Mourinho needed competition for striker Didier Drogba and decided to recall Crespo from Milan, convincing him that he had a future in England. Crespo made his first return appearance in a 2-1 FA Community Shield victory over Arsenal. He scored his first league goal of 2005 against Wigan Athletic in Chelsea's season opener in a 1-0 win. The 2005-06 league title was Crespo's first league title victory in European football.
Though he scored 26 goals in all competitions and won the 2005-06 Premiership, Crespo requested a return to Italy in order to rejoin AC Milan, but Chelsea refused and announced that Crespo would remain a Chelsea player until the club accepted a suitable offer for him. On 7 August 2006, Crespo joined Inter on a two-year loan. He scored his 125th Serie A goal against AC Siena on 2 December 2006, and his 200th career European goal on 2 April 2007. On 13 May, Crespo scored a hat-trick to help Inter defeat Lazio 4-3 and win the Scudetto. Crespo was officially released from Chelsea on 3 July 2008, following the expiration of his contract. and was signed by Inter on a one-year contract for free.
In the 2008-09 season, under José Mourinho, his former manager in Chelsea, Crespo only made 13 Serie A appearances, including two starts. He was excluded from the UEFA Champions League roster.
Following the expiration of his contract at Inter, Crespo was quickly snapped up by Genoa, taking Diego Milito's place, who moved in the opposite direction.
13 - GIORGIO GHEZZI - Nicknamed 'Kamikaze', was born in Cesenatico. He started his career at Rimini and Modena, then played at Inter as goalkeeper for 7 years, from 1951 to 1958, for 191 total matches. He won 2 Serie A titles in 1953 and 1954.
At the end of 1958 he was sold to Genoa, and then, in the 1959 he came back to Milan, but on the other side: he played with A.C. Milan, where he won another Serie A title and the 1963 European Champions Cup.
14 - EDGAR DAVIDS - For a player who graced the modern game so successfully, Edgar Davids didn't have a very happy time in Milan.
In 1996, the bulldog-like Ajax everywhere man moved to Milan and then spent most of the season sitting on the bench wondering where it all went wrong.
Then, after hitting the heights as Marcello Lippi's "one-man engine room" at Juventus, the dreadlocked Dutchman spent another season sitting on the San Siro bench with Inter, before collecting his pension at Tottenham Hotspur's White Hart Lane, and now unbelievably at Selhurst Park with Championship strugglers Crystal Palace.
15 - TARIBO WEST - Taribo moved on to Inter, where he played a vital role in capturing the UEFA Cup title in 1998.
He then found himself at the centre of heated transfer speculation at the end of the 1998-99 season following clashes with former Inter coach, Mircea Lucescu. Once Marcello Lippi took over the club, it became apparent that Taribo had to move on. After many months of talks with various clubs, including Newcastle United, Liverpool, Ajax and Juventus, Taribo joined AC Milan.
16 - GUISEPPE FAVELLI - Favelli moved to Inter joining the club on 1 June 2004 on a free transfer. With Inter he won the Coppa Italia twice, in 2005 and 2006. He also won his second Scudetto with Inter following the Calciopoli scandal which saw Juventus stripped of the 2006 title and it being awarded to Inter. However, he was not always chosen to start for the team and the arrival of Fabio Grosso after the World Cup meant that he was deemed surplus to the squad and as a result, did not have his contract renewed at the of the 2006 season.
He was then subsequently signed by AC Milan on a free transfer, but once again, with players such as Kakha Kaladze and Paolo Maldini ahead of him in the ranks playing left-back, he would spend the seasons mainly on the bench. In the 2007 UEFA Champions League Final he appeared as a substitute late in the game which saw Milan gain their seventh European Cup in a 2-1 win over Liverpool FC. He was affectionately nicknamed Favallinho by Milan supporters after he scored his only two goals of the 2006-07 Serie A campaign in back-to-back wins over Empoli and Messina in April 2007. Most recently he was used as a centre-back by the Rossoneri, but on 1 July 2010, he was released by Milan.
17 - CRISTIAN BROCCHI - After graduating from the youth system at Milan in 1994, one of the most likeable nearly-men of Italian football didn't actually get to play for the club until 2001. At that point, he returned to the red and black side of the San Siro as part of the swap deal which saw Argentine midfielder Andrés Guglielminpietro go the other way
While he has finally found his feet as a regular at Lazio, the Milan links remain. He also owns a cafe in the city with Christian Abbiati.
18 - CYRIL DOMORAUD - He joined Inter in 1999 but just played 6 league matches.
In the summer of 2001 he moved to AC, but then left on loan to AS Monaco after playing just once for Milan in a friendly.
19 - ALDO SERENA - Few players have ever moved around with quite the same enthusiasm as Aldo Serena. During his largely illustrious career, the striker moved to Inter no less than four times and AC Milan twice.
At Inter he hit his peak in 1989 when his 22 goals were instrumental in the Nerazzurri's lifting of the Scudetto and saw him finish the season as capocannonieri. Still, his dalliances with their fierce rivals meant that he was jeered by the club's Ultras during recent Scudetto celebrations.
20 - GIUSEPPE MEAZZA - When he was playing football in bare feet on the back streets on Milan, the young Pepp Meazza supported the city team in the red and black stripes.
However, the kid who would go onto become the first superstar of the Italian game was rejected by his beloved Rossoneri for being too skinny and went on to score a staggering 247 goals in 348 appearances for Inter instead. After thirteen glorious years, Meazza transferred to the club he had so adored as a boy and, of course, lent his name to the stadium both clubs now share.