Composed, gifted, complete, these are some of the traits that Demetrio Albertini was known for as a player. Considered as one of the best midfielders of his generation, he was pivotal for both the Rossoneri and the Italian national team, were he featured in 2 World Cups and 2 European Championships as a regular starter.
Wearing the infamous number 4 shirt, with AC Milan he collected over 400 appearances and won 5 Scudettos, 3 Italian SuperCups, 3 UEFA Champions Leagues, 2 UEFA Super Cups and 1 Intercontinental Cup, earning him a spot in the AC Milan Hall of Fame. He worked his way up, starting with the youth teams and followed by a season loan with at-the-time Serie B side, Padova. The following year Demetrio would play alongside Rossoneri legends Ancelotti and Rijkaard, whilst consistently improving and establishing himself as one of the “invincibles” led by another Milan legend, Coach Fabio Capello. He will be remembered for being a classy yet powerful midfielder with inch-perfect long passes, accurate shots from every angle, precise set-piece taker and a tactical genius. Needless to say, Demetrio is one of AC Milan’s youth sector finest exports of all time.
Following a successful 14 year spell at AC Milan, Albertini went on to play another 3 seasons with different clubs, namely Atletico Madrid, Lazio, Atalanta and retiring with Barcelona as Liga champion. Away from the pitch, Demetrio served several roles in the Italian Football Federation over a span of 8 years. Moreover, he was appointed Parma FC’s football advisor and is currently working for the world renowned football management simulation game, Football Manager, as one of the main researchers of the game.