The last time AC Milan won the Serie A title was back in the 2010-11 season when both Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic suited up for the Rossoneri.
The next season, the duo almost led Milan to a repeat title but were knicked by Juventus FC in the end. After the 2011-12 season, it was time for a change.
Milan sold several of their marquee players, including Ibrahimovic and Silva, who opted to join the Paris Saint-Germain project. Signing both players cost the capital club a combined €65 million per The Telegraph.
The move was orchestrated by PSG sporting director Leonardo, who funny enough joined Milan later in his career with the same title. By signing two of the best players in the world, many thought, as written by Bleacher Report, that PSG had arrived on the big stage and were now capable of competing with the best teams in Europe. It validated the project.
How did one of the biggest transfer signings actually go down? Recently, Thiago Silva revealed the back story of how he and the Big Swede ended up in the French capital in 2012.
“Immediately after signing with PSG, Zlatan called me to ask if I had actually signed,” Silva said in an interview with France Football (via Calciomercato.com and Sempre Milan).
“I replied yes and he said: ‘No jokes, he? If you don’t go, I won’t sign and if you’re lying I’ll come to get you.'”
The move worked out very well for PSG. While the club did not win the UEFA Champions League, they did reach the quarter-finals and won every domestic trophy possible. Signing Ibrahimovic, in particular, helped PSG gain notoriety around the world due to his polarizing personality.
Silva is still with PSG but is in the last season of his contract with no extension offered as of yet. Ibrahimovic just completed his final season with LA Galaxy and is a free agent with a return to Europe expected.
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