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The end of an era for AC Milan and Filippo Inzaghi

It was an emotional end to AC Milan’s season at the weekend with their goalscoring legend Filippo Inzaghi playing his last match for the club.

His 11-year reign ended on a high as he was able to score a trademark goal, beating the offside trap to smash home the winner in his last match, which was also his 300th appearance for the Rossoneri.

The reign of the old guard has come to an end, as centre-back Alessandro Nesta also confirmed he was leaving Milan at the end of the season following the likes of Gennaro Gattuso, Clarence Seedorf, Gianluca Zambrotta and Mark Van Bommel.

In fact, their captain Massimo Ambrosini is the only surviving player from the 2007 Champions League winning side.

There were moving scenes at the San Siro yesterday where the atmosphere of the crowd, and the rare tears from the players hit the fans hard as some too succumbed to their emotions for their honourable servants.

Affection

Before the match had started the Milan fans showed their affection to their stars, with three huge Rossoneri jerseys, with their name and number on the back of the shirts.

The ‘warriors’ of Milan, Gattuso and Ambrosini shed tears for their club and gave their tributes to the Curva Sud.

Many who have left the club previously have expressed that Milan is not only a club, but also a family and it was on show that day.

This marks an end of a cycle, a cycle that saw Milan secure two Champions League victories in the past decade.

Throughout recent history Milan have always valued experience (while suffering for this with the tag of an old players home), however with this era coming to end, Milan will now have to look to replace these players.

Rebuilding process

They have already started the rebuilding process, with the confirmed signings of midfielders, Bakaye Traore and Italian international, Ricardo Montolivo, who are both free transfers.

Not greats by any margin, however when Gattuso came over from Salernitana who would have envisaged how important he would become for the Rossoneri.

Not all new players settle in straight away and cope with the pressure. With most of their stars leaving, could this become a mistake they might regret?

It’s not the first time we have seen Milan make a mistake in letting a player go, such as Pirlo, who was indispensable for Juventus this season as they lifted the title for the 28th time.

Whether Milan can replace such greats remains to be seen, but while they have Adriano Galliani in their corner this summer’s transfer window will definitely be an interesting one.

By Ziad Salmi

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