The history of AC Milan has seen plenty of high moments throughout club history, but some of them truly stand out above the rest. For Milan fans around the world, these five moments are ones that will always be remembered, whether they were ownership changes, big wins, or even players being signed.
The Signing of Maldini
Heading into the 1950s, AC Milan hadn’t won the Serie A title in over 40 years, and their three league titles came between 1901 and 1907. Fortunes would change in 1951 when the club won Serie A, then became a dynasty after acquiring Cesare Maldini. The defender proved to be the best in all of Italy and started his career with Triestina during the early part of the decade. In 1954, he joined AC Milan and began what would be more than a decade of dominance.
Maldini made nearly 350 league appearances with AC Milan, and during that time, AC Milan won the Serie A title five times. The club also won the European Cup and Latin Cup while Maldini was named to the AC Milan and Italian Football Halls of Fame. Maldini even went on to manage AC Milan after his playing career ended, winning the Coppa Italia in 1973.
Silvio Berlusconi Takes Over
Whether you love him or hate him, Silvio Berlusconi was absolutely instrumental in keeping AC Milan toward the top of Italian football. In the summer of 1986, Milan was a middling team that had won just one Serie A title in nearly two decades. That all changed when Berlusconi bought the team, pumping a lot of money into the club to make things better. Things quickly turned around for Milan with the club winning the 1987-88 Serie A title.
Under Berlusconi, Milan would go on to win a total of eight Serie A titles to go along with seven Supercoppa Italiana titles. After just over three decades of ownership, Berlusconi sold Milan to Rossoneri Sport Luxembourg for €740 million. The Berlusconi era came with a total of 29 trophies, five of which were European Cups/Champions League titles.
Biggest La Liga Win
Winning any Serie A game can prove to be difficult, but to absolutely decimate another professional team in the top league is incredibly rare. In the rare occasions that it does happen, though, it’s certainly noteworthy. One of the most talked about Serie A games of the 21st century came when Milan walloped Torino 7-0 in league play in May 2021.
Theo Hernandez opened up the scoring for Milan in the 19th minute while Franck Kessie made it a 2-0 game on a penalty kick. While that’s a comfortable lead to have at the half, Milan was nowhere close to done. Hernandez added a second goal while Brahim Diaz got on the board in the 50th minute. From the 67th minute to the 79th minute, Ante Rebic scored a hat trick, giving Milan a 7-0 lead. Surprisingly, the club held off on scoring in the final 11 minutes, but it was still the largest league win in club history.
Claiming the Champions League
AC Milan has won the European Cup/UEFA Champions League several times throughout the years, dating back to the club’s first win in 1962-63. After the mid-1990s, though, Champions League titles were harder to come by, which made the run in the 2006-07 season special, especially when you consider the club finished third in the Serie A standings and had to take on Red Star Belgrade in the qualifying round.
Milan snuck past Lille and AEK Athens in the group stage standings, then needed extra time to defeat Celtic in the round of 16. After a huge 2-0 win in the second leg against Bayern Munich, Milan used a 3-0 second-leg victory to get past Manchester United. In the final against Liverpool, Pippo Inzaghi scored just before the half, then added a goal in the 82nd minute to give AC Milan a 2-0 lead. Dirk Kuijt netted a goal for Liverpool in the 89th minute, but it was too late as Milan claimed the Champions League title.
Inter 0-6 Milan
Of course, beating your biggest rival is always going to be a great moment, but when you absolutely demolish them, it’s even sweeter. In the 30th matchday of Serie A play, AC Milan locked horns with Inter. While Milan didn’t really have a chance to reach the Champions League or win Serie A, they were still able to knock out their biggest rival in record fashion.
Gianni Comandini scored in the third minute of the match, then added a second goal just 16 minutes later. The scoring then resumed in the second half with Federico Giunti scoring in the 53rd minute, followed by two Andriy Shevchenko goals. Serginho capped things off in the 81st minute, giving Milan the 6-0 victory.