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Where are they now: AC Milan's 2011 Serie A title-winning side including Ibrahimovic

Italian giants AC Milan are three wins away from lifting the Serie A title for the first time in 11 years.

Stefano Pioli’s side are two points ahead of their fierce rivals and reigning Serie A champions Inter Milan with three games remaining.

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The Rossoneri haven’t lifted the Scudetto since 2011 and one man who formed a key part of that title-winning side was Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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With AC Milan closing in on the Serie A title, we take a look back at the 2011 side and see where they are in their respected careers…

Christian Abbiati

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The four-time Italian international retired in 2016 and was at the San Siro for 18 years after joining from Monza in July 1998.

Abbiati, who made 380 appearances for AC Milan, won eight trophies with the club. He was the club’s team coordinator form June 2017 to July 2018, but he hasn’t took up any other position in football since that role.

Ignazio Abate

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The former pacey right-back retired in November 2020 after leaving AC Milan as a free agent in the summer of 2019.

Abate donned the red and black stripes of Milan for ten years after joining from Torino.

The 35-year-old made 305 appearances for the Italian and European giants.

Thiago Silva

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A year after AC Milan’s 2011 success, the Brazilian international was signed by French giants Paris Saint Germain who had become a major force in football following their lucrative takeover.

At the age of 37, Silva remains one of the best centre-backs around and has impressed in the Premier League since joining Chelsea.

Silva finally got his hands on the Champions League last year when Thomas Tuchel’s side ousted Manchester City.

Alessandro Nesta

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The Rolls-Royce of a defender retired in January 2015 after brief spells in the MLS and the Indian Premier League.

Nesta spent ten years at Milan following his big-money move from Lazio in August 2002.

The World Cup winner had a glittering career and was undoubtedly one of the best defenders of his generation.

Luca Antonini

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The left-back spent five years in Milan after joining from Empoli in July 2008. Antonini made over 100 appearances for the side.

He may not have been the swashbuckling name or carried the same formidable reputation that several of his teammates possessed, but he made 22 Serie A appearances in Milan’s 2011 league triumph.

Gennaro Gattuso

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Gattuso spent 13 trophy-filled years with AC Milan and he was the all-action midfielder who provided that additional protection to his side’s backline.

Possessing that extra bite and needle among a side filled with stars, Gattuso made 468 appearances for Milan.

Gattuso managed Milan from November 2017 to May 2019. His most recent managerial position saw him in charge of Napoli before leaving at the end of last season.

Clarence Seedorf

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The five-time Champions League winner spent 10 years at Milan after making the move from arch rivals Inter in 2002.

The Dutch legend made 432 appearances for the red half of Milan, scoring 62 goals and providing 72 assists in the process.

Seedorf spent two seasons in Brazil with Botafogo before retiring in January 2014. Like Gattuso, the influential midfielder has also managed Milan, but he hasn’t held a coaching position since leaving his post as Cameroon manager in July 2019.

Alexandre Pato

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Still only 32, the former Brazilian wonderkid seemingly had the world at his feet, but he failed to live up to his burgeoning potential.

Pato was Milan’s joint top goalscorer with 14 Serie A strikes in 2010/11, but since that title success, the pacey forward has played for several different clubs.

He had a disastrous loan spell with Chelsea that brought just two appearances in 2016. Pato moved to Villarreal in July 2016 after his time in west London and he is currently playing in the MLS with Orlando.

The Brazilian international’s most prolific spell came in China where he scored 36 goals from 60 games.

Kevin-Prince Boateng

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The former Portsmouth man arrived at the San Siro on loan in August 2010 from parent club Genoa.

The Ghanaian made 26 top-flight appearances in Milan’s title-winning campaign. The charismatic midfielder was signed on a permanent deal by Milan following his loan spell.

After leaving Milan for Schalke in August 2013, Boateng returned to Milan in January 2016 where he spent five months at the club.

Boateng is currently playing his football in the Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin.

Robinho

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The mercurial Brazilian joined AC Milan from Manchester City in the summer of 2010 and played an influential role in their title success.

Similar to his compatriot Pato, Robinho scored 14 Serie A goals to help fire the Rossoneri to glory.

Robinho spent four years in Milan before moving back home. He had spells in China and Turkey before finishing his career with the side he started his career with Santos.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Eleven years after guiding AC Milan to their last title, the great Swede will be hoping to get Pioli’s Milan over the line in 2022.

Still playing at the age of 40, Ibrahimovic remains a vital part of Milan’s side and he has eight Serie A goals to his name this season.

He scored 14 during the 2011 campaign alongside Pato and Robinho.

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