ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 19:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Inter celebrates his goal during the Serie A match between Roma and Inter at the Stadio Olimpico  on October 19, 2008 in Roma, Italy. (Photo by New Press/Getty Images)

Derby Della Madonnina: 9 Famous Stars Who Played For Both Milan and Inter

Milan and Inter will contest the first Derby della Madonnina of the 2016/17 Serie A season on Sunday night, a game which despite the struggles of both sides in recent years has not lost any of its edge of prestige.

Ahead of the clash at the San Siro, here's a look back at nine famous names who have played for both clubs at one point or another.

9. Mario Balotelli

Having previously got his start in professional football as a 15-year-old at lower league Lumezzane, Mario Balotelli became a star of the future during his three seasons with Inter. It was there, as he won three Serie A titles and a famous treble, that the world came to know of both sides of the controversial striker.

After a short but relatively successful spell with Manchester City, Balotelli returned to the San Siro in 2013 but pledged his allegiance to Milan instead. The goals flowed for 18 months before briefly heading back to England. A loan with Milan in 2015/16 was a complete failure.

Inter: 2007 - 2010 (86 appearances, 28 goals)

Milan: 2013 - 2014 (54 appearances, 30 goals)

Milan: 2015 - 2016 (23 appearances, 3 goals)

8. Patrick Vieira

French legend Patrick Vieira's two spells on ether side of the San Siro divide came at opposite ends of his career, having joined Milan as an unknown 19-year-old in 1995, and moving to Inter as a global star who had won nearly every major competiton going.

Vieira's stay with the Rossoneri was brief. He played just five games for the club and soon moved on to Arsenal where he became a household name. He later spent four years with Inter, leaving just five short months before the team won the Champions League.

Milan: 1995-1996 (5 appearances, 0 goals)

Inter: 2006-2010 (91 appearances, 9 goals)

7. Andrea Pirlo

Remembered now as the cult icon that Milan foolishly believed was finished at the top level in 2011, only to subsequently enjoy four sensational years with Juventus, Andrea Pirlo's first big move of his career was from boyhood club Brescia to Inter in 1998.

Pirlo's time with Inter was a challenge. He played sparingly either side of a loan spell with Reggina and was bought directly by Milan in 2001. From there, the midfielder went on to win two Serie A titles and two Champions Leagues over a 10 year period.

Inter: 1998-2001 (40 appearances, 0 goals)

Milan: 2001-2011 (401 appearances, 41 goals) 

6. Hernan Crespo

Hernan Crespo's best goalscoring days came early in his career at Parma and then Lazio, before he joined Inter or Milan, but the long-haired Argentine still made a notable impact with both clubs across three spells between the two.

He was signed by Inter as a replacement for Real Madrid-bound Ronaldo in 2002, lasting just one season before Chelsea paid good money for his services. A loan at Milan in 2004/05 culminated in the infamous Istanbul Champions League final, while a further three year stint back at Inter followed, producing a Serie A title each season.

Inter: 2002 - 2003 (30 appearances, 16 goals)

Milan: 2004 - 2005 (40 appearance, 18 goals)

Inter: 2006 - 2009 (86 appearances, 29 goals)

5. Roberto Baggio

Having established himself as the best player in the world during a five-year spell at Juventus in the first half of the 1990s, Roberto Baggio joined Milan in the summer of 1995 after the emergence of a young Alessandro del Piero in Turin.

After two years with the Rossoneri and a Serie A title in 1995/96, the man formely known as the 'Divine Ponytail' returned to the city to join Inter in 1998 after a short time with Bologna.

Milan: 1995-1997 (67 appearances, 19 goals)

Inter: 1998-2000 (59 appearances, 17 goals) 

4. Ronaldo

Ronaldo's time at both famous clubs was ravaged by injury. He became the most expensive player in the world for the second time in his career when he moved to Inter in the summer of 1997 and proceeded to score 34 times in his debut season.

Ruptured knee ligaments in 1999 and a major recurrence in 2000 forced the Brazilian superstar to miss the best part of three years, including the whole of the 2000/01 campaign, and it was only at the 2002 World Cup that he got his career back on track.

Ronaldo's time at Milan was cut short by the third occurrence of the same problem in early 2008, an injury which this time effectively ended his career aside from a brief return to Brazil.

Inter: 1997 - 2002 (99 appearance, 59 goals)

Milan: 2007 - 2008 (20 appearances, 8 goals)

3. Clarence Seedorf

By the time Clarence Seedorf signed for Inter in late 1999, the 24-year-old Dutch midfielder had already won a Champions League title with Ajax and played in Italy during a short spell with Sampdoria. He would also receive a second Champions League medal having played an early part in Real Madrid's triumphant 1999/00 European season.

As was the situation with Pirlo, Seedorf time in Nerazzurri colours was fairly shortlived and he too went on to spend 10 years with Milan. It was with the Rossoneri he won his third Champions League title with a third different club - still the only player to achieve such a feat.

Inter: 2000 - 2002 (93 appearances, 14 goals)

Milan: 2002 - 2012 (431 appearances, 63 goals)

2. Giuseppe Meazza

An early legend of Italian football and the man for whom the San Siro is alternatively named, Giuseppe Meazza was a goalscoring sensation in the black and blue stripes of Inter, scoring close to 300 times for the Nerazzurri during 14 total years with the club over two spells.

His time with Milan was much shorter, coming during the Second World War, while he was also actually only the second ever player to complete the set of Italy's three biggest clubs and play for Juventus as well.

Inter: 1927-1940 (391 appearances, 282 goals)

Milan: 1940-1942 (43 appearances, 11 goals)

Inter: 1946-1947 (17 appearances, 2 goals) 

1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Inter after the 2006 Calciopoli scandal resulted in Juventus being relegated to Serie B. He won won three successive scudetti with the club, while it was final season there under the management of Jose Mourinho that finally brought out the clinical goalscorer in the previously temperamental Swede.

Ibrahimovic returned to Italy a year after leaving Inter for Barcelona, signing with Milan initially on loan. He was immediately part of a title winning side - still the last Milan team to win Serie A - and hit 30 goals for the first time in his career the following season.

Inter: 2006-2009 (117 appearances, 66 goals)

Milan: 2010-2012 (85 appearances, 56 goals) 

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