It is already official. Olivier Giroud is a new AC Milan player. The 2018 world champion has chosen to wear the number 9. A choice that does not leave indifferent. Since the departure of Filippo Inzaghi in 2012, 10 have tried their luck with this number. And all of them have encountered great difficulties …
Considered one of soccer’s greatest talents when he joined AC Milan in 2007, the dream soon turned into a nightmare for the Brazilian forward. He had a number of physical problems, but had high hopes for the 2012/2013 season.
With the retirement of Filippo Inzaghi, Alexandre Pato decided to leave his number 7 for number 9. And the result was very complicated … In his last season with the rossoneri, He only played four Serie A games, without scoring a single goal.
It was then that AC Milan decided to take out the checkbook to get the services of Alessandro Matri. For almost 11 million euros, the Lombard club decided to hire the Italian striker, who had learned his trade in the club’s quarry.
He would only stay with the Rossoneri for six months. With just one goal scored in Serie A during the first half of the season, the man who retired in May 2020 is still considered one of the biggest failures of recent years at AC Milan.
AC Milan chose to bring in the greats to end this curse. It is true that it was difficult for him to find his best form with Chelsea. However, during the 2014-2015 season it was considered that Fernando Torres had all the ballots to sign for the club Red-black.
On loan from the Blues, El Niño had a hard time being prolific. The former Spanish striker only managed one goal in Serie A. During the winter transfer window, AC Milan decided to end the loan.
It was then Mattia Destro’s turn to try his luck with AC Milan’s number 9. The Italian striker was loaned out by AS Roma at the end of January 2015. However, the situation is far from being much more reassuring.
With only three goals scored in Serie A, Mattia Destro was not held back by the Rossoneri. Now he plays for Genoa.
AC Milan thought big to try to break this losing streak. In July 2015, the Lombard club acquired the services of Luiz Adriano. The player, who had had a good performance with Shakhtar Donetsk, arrived in the Lombardy region for a price of 14 million euros.
Despite having scored four Serie A goals in his first season, he is still a long way from the number 9 that all Tifosi Rossoneri dream of.
Luiz Adriano was able to verify that number 9 was far from being a success. He gave it to Gianluca Lapadula only one season later. After an impressive year in Serie B, everyone expected a lot from the Italian forward.
Gianluca Lapadula, hired for 9.5 million euros, tried to reactivate the career of number 9 as best as possible. His irreproachable state of mind makes him a player especially appreciated by the Tifosi. Despite his eight goals in Serie A, AC Milan did not sign him the following summer.
AC Milan then experienced a very hectic summer market. The rossonero team did everything possible to get the services of the great Portuguese talent André Silva. For just under 40 million euros, he arrived at the Milanese club.
The end of the curse? Well, not quite … His six goals in the Europa League certainly help his record. With just two goals in Serie A, André Silva was quickly loaned out to Sevilla FC and then to Eintracht Frankfurt, where he currently plays.
To get out of this complicated situation, who better than Gonzalo Higuaín? On loan from Juventus, the Argentine forward was one of the most regular scorers on the Old Continent. But the curse of the number 9 jersey was going to get the best of him once again …
After scoring six goals in Serie A in the middle of the season, AC Milan decided to end their loan. He was sent to Chelsea in the process!
Krzystof Piatek was drafted during the 2019 winter market and received number 19. He was phenomenal in his first six months at AC Milan. Already in the first half of the season, with Genoa, he finished the season with 22 goals in Serie A.
However, the Polish striker made the mistake of clinching No. 9 the following season, and he quickly proved to be a disappointment with AC Milan. With four goals in the first half of the season, the Lombard club decided to sell it to Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga.
He was the last player to try his luck with No. 9. Mario Mandzukic was released from his contract and joined AC Milan in January 2021. The Croatian forward has only started Serie A once in six months. Physical problems did not help him and he only played 287 minutes with the Rossoneri, the equivalent of just over three games.
At the end of the season, the Lombard club did not extend the 35-year-old’s contract. He failed to make a difference with the AC Milan jersey. A spell to forget!