Since 1997, several players have moved from Milan to Barcelona or vice versa. Michael Reiziger was the first to leave Catalonia for Lombardy, and Ibrahimovic was the last to move from the Camp Nou to the San Siro.
Other shared stars
Ronaldo, Edgar Davids, Demetrio Albertini and Van Bommel are other players that appeared at some
time for both clubs, although none of them moved directly between the two.
In 1997, the first deals were struck between
, and the practice has continued to the present day. In fact,
Barça have shared players with Milan more than any other European club, a total of
. Some came to
having turned out previously for the red-and-blacks, while others moved
the other way.
From Milan to Barcelona
The first arrivals at the
in the 1997/98 season, the first under
Louis van Gaal
starred for the club for seven seasons, while
made considerably less impact. Another Dutchman arrived from Italy the
arrived on loan, but failed to win a regular place in the FCB
defence and didn't win any titles in his time at the club.
From the Camp Nou to the San Siro
The first transfer in the other direction was that in 2002 of
, who had delighted the Camp Nou for several years. In 2008, another
, departed in one of the highest profile deals in recent football
history. He was joined by
, who had been at Barcelona from 2006 to 2008.
The last player to leave Barça for Milan was
in the summer of 2010. On Wednesday he will face off against
his former colleagues.