Here’s a look at some of those players…
Roberto Baggio, who joined his boyhood club just as he was entering his 30s in 1998, didn’t quite have the success he was probably hoping for at Inter, with his spell at the club being marred by injury problems, being played out of position, poor results on the pitch and a falling out with coach Marcello Lippi.
Regardless, a player of Baggio’s ability naturally made an impact at the club. The forward scored 17 goals in his 59 total appearances for Inter, including notable braces against Real Madrid and Parma, the latter of which helped I Nerazzurri to qualify for the Champions League in the 1999-00 season.
Despite this, his strained relationship with Lippi meant that he left the San Siro at the end of the season, playing the last four years of his career with fellow Lombardian side Brescia.
Though he is more fondly remembered for his decade long spell with Milan, Clarence Seedorf spent three seasons with their fierce rivals Inter between 1999 and 2002, making 93 appearances and scoring 14 goals, but failed to win any trophies with the club.
His most notable performance in the colours of I Nerazzurri was in the Derby d’Italia, where he scored a brace in Inter’s 2-2 draw with Juventus in March 2002, which included a last-minute goal to seal a point for his club.
At one point in his short career, Adriano was considered to be one of the best strikers in European football, mainly due to an incredibly prolific first few seasons with Inter, scoring 59 times in 107 appearances for the club between 2004 and 2006, helping them to win a Coppa Italia and a Scudetto.
As Inter began to dominate Italy, however, Adriano’s career experienced a sharp decline. Personal issues began to affect to his performances on the field and he scored just five goals in 23 appearances as I Nerazzurri won a consecutive Scudetto in 2006/07. The following season, he was sent on loan to Brazil with
An incredibly versatile player who was capable of playing as a midfielder and a defender, Gabriele Oriali played for Inter before persistent squad numbers were introduced into Italian football, and as such, occupied many numbers, including the number ten, during his 13-year spell at Inter.
Known for his intelligence and work-rate, Oriali was a key part of the Inter squad between 1970 and 1983, making nearly 400 appearances and helping his side to two Scudetti and two Coppa Italia.
He would later work as a sporting director at Bologna and Parma before returning to Inter in 1999. In his 11 year tenure as sporting director, I Nerazzuri would win five Scudetti, four Coppa Italia and a Champions League. He left the role in 2010, but returned to it at the start of the 2019/20 season.
The much-travelled midfielder spent six years at the San Siro between 1978 and 1984, scoring 30 goals in 217 appearances for Inter, helping them to a Scudetto in 1979/80 and a Coppa Italia in 1981/82.
An inconsistent, but well-regarded player, Beccalossi’s creativity, dribbling skill and equal ability in assisting and scoring goals ensured that he was an integral part of Inter’s squad during the late 70s and early 80s. It was that inconsistency though, despite his high degree of talent, that ensured he never earned a cap for the Italian national team.
Considered to be one of the worlds best players during his time at Inter, he was an integral part of the Inter side that won the Scudetto, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League during the 2009/10 season. He played a particularly key role in Inter’s Champions League victory, notching up six assists and scoring three times in his 11 appearances, including an equalising goal in the semi-final against Barcelona and an assist to Diego Milito in the final against Bayern Munich.
He continued his form into the 2010/11 season, though that season only delivered a Coppa Italia. It was after this season that he experienced a decline in form and he was moved on to Galatasaray in January 2013. He made 116 total appearances for Inter, scoring 22 times and creating a further 35 goals.
One of the greatest midfielders of all time,
He instantly excelled in Italy, scoring nine goals in 32 appearances as Inter stormed to the Scudetto in 1988/89, winning the league by 11 points at a time when teams were still given two points for a win.
Though that Serie A success wouldn’t be replicated in the seasons following
Employed as a deep-lying playmaker, Suarez’s creativity made him an integral part of the Grande Inter side of the 1960s, scoring on 42 occasions across 256 appearances.
Retiring in 1973 with fellow Serie A side Sampdoria, Suarez would go on to have three separate, unsuccessful managerial spells with I Nerazzurri.
A one-club man, Sandro Mazzola spent 16 years at Inter, making 570 appearances, scoring 160 goals. Pacy, creative, prolific and tactically intelligent, he too was a key member of Helenio Herrera’s Grande Inter side, winning four Scudetti, two European Cups and two Intercontinental Cups.
His exploits earned him the title of one of Italy’s greatest players