Where are they now? Sebastiano Rossi


Prior to joining AC Milan in 1990, Sebastiano Rossi began his career at Cesena. Physically strong, blessed with feline reflexes, he was the 'Invincibles' goalkeeper. With his 929 consecutive minutes, he broke Dino Zoff's record for the longest unbeaten run without conceding a goal.


Becoming Milan's undisputed first-choice goalkeeper meant that Rossi would be forming part of a defensive line that included, among others, Mauro Tassotti, Franco Baresi, Alessandro Costacurta and Paolo Maldini, known as one of the greatest defensive units of all time. Sebastiano Rossi was the No.1 Rossoneri for six seasons. A giant of a man among the San Siro sticks, he was someone on whom the club could rely to produce consistently brilliant performances. He was frequently ignored in a squad of stars; his work was seen as being one of the simplest in football. But that native of Cesena was a brilliant goalkeeper.


Known as "l'ascensore umano" (the human lift), Rossi was a tall, powerful and physically strong goalkeeper who because of his height and goalkeeping technique, was known mainly for his confidence and command of the field, as well as his handling and ability to come off his line to catch crosses and high balls. He was also renowned for his ability to coordinate his defense and made his presence in goal heard verbally. He is the club's second-most capped keeper of all time, with 330 appearances for Milan, having won five Serie A titles, three Italian Supercoppas, a Champions League, a European Super Cup and an Intercontinental Cup.


Following the successful spell with the Rossoneri, Rossi moved to Perugia in 2002 and he retired at the age of 39. After a few years, he worked in the Milan club's youth department as a goalkeeper coach and took part in several testimonial and charity matches, mainly for Milan Legends.