Where are they now? Milan’s 2003 Champions League winners

Milan, 2003 Champions League

Adam Digby harks back at Carlo Ancelotti’s Europe-conquering crop that picked off Italian rivals Inter and Juventus en route to victory

Dida

Dida was infamously injured by flares thrown by Inter fans during a chaotic derby in 2005

The Brazil international played a major role in this victory, not only saving three penalties in the shootout but also denying Alessandro Del Piero a first-half goal. Dida was often guilty of calamitous errors, but the 2002/03 and 2003/04 campaigns were undoubtedly the best of his career, as he won the Champions League and Italian title, was named Serie A goalkeeper of the year and finished 13th in the Ballon d’Or voting.

Dida was infamously injured by flares thrown by Inter fans during a chaotic derby in 2005, but went on to become one of only four shot-stoppers to make 300 appearances for the Rossoneri. In later years his form declined rapidly and he moved back to South America, retiring in 2015 and becoming an assistant coach with Chinese club Shenzhen FC.

Alessandro Costacurta

Costacurta passed a late fitness test to be included at Old Trafford and performed admirably as a makeshift right-back rather than in his usual central role

A part of the Milan team that dominated Europe under Arrigo Sacchi, ‘Billy’ Costacurta is often the forgotten man of those iconic Rossoneri sides. He made over 600 appearances for the club and won 19 major honours, including a staggering five European Cup/Champions League triumphs.

Costacurta passed a late fitness test to be included at Old Trafford and performed admirably as a makeshift right-back rather than in his usual central role.

Alessandro Costacurta

Costacurta receives his winner's medal from UEFA president Lennart Johansson

Costacurta was booked in the opening minutes for a foul on Gianluca Zambrotta and was eventually substituted. He would play four more years, a penalty in his final match seeing the 41-year-old become the oldest player ever to score in Serie A, a record Francesco Totti might covet. He spent a brief stint as an assistant coach with Milan but now works as a pundit on Sky Italia.

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