Internazionale vs Milan: The Greatest XIs Go Head-To-Head

The Milan derby takes place on Sunday afternoon, and what better way to prepare for it than by matching up the two clubs' greatest ever elevens...
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The Milan derby takes place on Sunday afternoon, and what better way to prepare for it than by matching up the two clubs' greatest ever elevens...

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Internazionale – Richard Whittle

Goalkeeper

Walter Zenga

Flamboyant and fearless hero of the 1988-98 league-title side, the Spiderman cast a web between the posts for over a decade, landing two UEFA Cups and UEFA Goalkeeper of Year in 1990. 9.

Defenders

Javier Zanetti

El tractor has been driving the side forward from right-back and midfield since 1995; figurehead of the José Mourinho Treble-winning side  and club’s all-time appearance holder. 10.

Giuseppe Bergomi

Zio (Uncle) stamped his authority in many a man-marking job to become the symbol of a side that won the league in 1989 as well as three UEFA Cups. 8.

Armando Picchi

Sweeper and captain of La Grande Inter, he was the blueprint for future generations ball-playing defenders. 10.

Giacinto Facchetti

Elegant, attack-minded left-back who scored 75 goals in an illustrious career that included four league titles, two European Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and one Italian Cup. Eventually became club president. 9.

Midfielders

Luis Suárez Miramontes

The graceful conductor of the Herrera game-plan, the deep-lying playmaker could pick out any point on the pitch and land the ball within a millimetre. 9.

Lothar Matthäus

Left his mark as the marauding powerhouse through the middle over four campaigns, scoring the decisive free-kick against Napoli in the 1988-89 title season. 8.

Mario Corso

Known as “God’s Left Foot” a free-kick was considered a goal whenever he stood over the ball and in Herrera’s work-ethic he was the lazy lay-about who still managed to score 94 goals. 8.

Strikers

Giuseppe Meazza

So good they named the city stadium after him. A party animal who scored 247 goals, three-time capocannoniere, three league titles and two World Cup winning medals for Italy. 10.

Ronaldo

Lived up his nickname Il fenomeno (The Phenomenon) with 59 goals in 99 appearances, firing the team to UEFA Cup success in 1998 before injury took the edge off his game. 8.

Sandro Mazzola

Italian football nobility who spent 17 seasons leading the line, 116 goals including one in the historic 1965 European Cup final to go with four titles. 10.

Coach

Helenio Herrera

Revolutionized football in the sixties with his catenaccio approach, the 'Magician' led La Grande Inter to three league titles, two European Cups and two Intercontinental Cups. 10.

TOTAL SCORE: 109.

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Goalkeeper

Fabio Cudicini

The father of Tottenham shot-stopper Carlo helped Milan win their second European Cup in 1969, and their first Intercontinental Cup the same year. He also won a Scudetto, Cup Winners Cup and Coppa Italia in his 183 games for the club. 7.

Defenders

Marcos Evangelista de Morais (Cafu)

Nicknamed the ‘pendolino’ for the speed and power at which he blitzed down the flanks. He arrived at Milan a World Cup winner twice with Brazil 1994 and 2002, and he won the Champions League with the Rossoneri in 2007 against Liverpool in Athens, as well as the FIFA World Cup that year. 8.

Alessandro Costacurta

Alongside Franco Baresi, Costacurta is arguably Milan’s greatest ever centre-back. He won five European Cups, seven Scudetti, two Intercontinental Cups and a hoard of other trophies in a 20-year career at San Siro. 10.

Franco Baresi

Milan retired the number six jersey when Baresi hang up his boots in October 1997 after two decades at the club. A legend in his own right and one of the greatest defenders the world has seen. He captained the team to great success including three European Cups, two Intercontinental Cups, six Scudetti, three European SuperCups and many others. 10.

Paolo Maldini

Perhaps the greatest defender of all time in the history of world football – the model footballer in every sense. 26 trophies in 25 years at Milanello says it all, among those were five European Cups and as many Intercontinental Cups as well as seven Scudetti. 10.

Midfielders

Dejan Savićević

The Montenegrin winger will best be remembered for his stunning lob over Barcelona goalkeeper Andoni Zubizaretta in the 1994 Champions League final as Milan bashed the favourites 4-0 in Athens. A classy midfielder who also won three Italian titles and a European Super Cup. 7.

Gianni Rivera

Played under the legendary coach Nereo Rocco and alongside Giovanni Trapattoni to help Milan win their first European Cup at Wembley in 1963 against Eusebio’s Benfica. He repeated the feat in 1969 with another European Cup. He became the first Italian to win the Ballon D’Or whilst playing for the Rossoneri. 8.

Frank Rijkaard

A versatile midfielder who played alongside Ruud Gullit and Marco Van Basten, Rijkaard was part of the team who won back-to-back European Cups in 1989 and 1990 when he scored the only goal of the game against Benfica. 9.

Kaka’

The world stood up and took note of Kaka’ when his three goals against Manchester United over both legs of the 2007 semi-final saw Cristiano Ronaldo live in the shadows. Kaka’ was Milan’s passport to the Athens final where he helped his team exact revenge over Liverpool for the heartbreak of Istanbul two years earlier. He also won the FIFA Club World Cup. That stellar season rewarded him with both the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards – simply sensational. 9

Strikers

Ruud Gullit

The Dutchman had it all when he arrived at Milan for the 1987/88 season as the world’s most expensive player and Ballon D’or Winner. He proved his worth on the pitch with force and effect and scored twice in the 1989 European Cup final in a 4-0 win over Steaua Bucharest. Won it again the following year. 9.

Marco Van Basten

One of the greatest strikers of all time and the most complete. Van Basten had everything in his locker and his quality helped Milan conquer the European Cup three times. He also won two Intercontinental Cups and four Serie A titles among other trophies. Three Ballon D’Or’s during his time at San Siro pay homage to a true great. Sadly his high-profile career was curtailed by an ankle injury which forced his retirement at just 30 in 1995. 10.

Coach

Carlo Ancelotti

Nils Liedholm, Fabio Capello, Nereo Rocco and Arrigo Sacchi could have made this list, but Ancelotti is, perhaps, Milan’s best-ever coach. He won 17 trophies as a player and manager at the club. As a coach he won the Champions League twice in 2003 and 2007 having already conquered the European Cup as a player in 1989, and then 1990. Led Milan to the 2007 Club World Cup. Delivered the Scudetto in 2004 after a five-year drought. 9.

TOTAL SCORE: 107

Well, it was a close one but we think Inter just about edge it: with the outfield tens and coaches perfectly matched, the difference was Inter's slightly-more legendary goalkeeper. With that in mind, we think any real-world match-up of these two sides would be finely poised - and given Herrera's tactics, tough going for modern spectators. Inter to win by a single goal from their scorer in chief, Giuseppe Meazza.