IT’S the Milan derby this weekend, but the clash is a far cry from the glamour tie of years gone by.
Between them, the Serie A duo have won the European Cup/ Champions League a combined total of ten times.
They have each won the Scudetto 18 times and broken the world transfer record four times each.
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But, no teams have personified the rapid decline of Italian football more than the Milan.
Neither have played any of kind of European football since 2014 — and only AC Milan have a realistic chance of making even the Europa League next season.
However, Inter’s Suning Group owners have big plans to restore the former glories.
While the £628million sale of Milan was finalised and the club’s debts were completely wiped out.
By rights, Il Derby della Madonnina should be the biggest derby in world football given the glorious history of both.
But it’s nowhere near.
The two sides’ history of success run parallel.
Milan first broke the world transfer record in 1954 to sign Juan Schiaffino from Penarol for £72,000.
And seven years later, Inter made the reigning Ballon d’Or-winner, Luis Suarez, the first £100,000 player.
AC Milan honours
Serie A: 18 — 1901, 1906, 1907, 1950–51, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1958–59, 1961–62, 1967–68, 1978–79, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2003–04, 2010–11
Serie B: 2 — 1980–81, 1982–83
Coppa Italia: 5 — 1966–67, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1976–77, 2002–03
Supercoppa Italiana: 7 — 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2004, 2011, 2016
European Cup/Champions League: 7 — 1962–63, 1968–69, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1993–94, 2002–03, 2006–07
Cup Winners’ Cup: 2 — 1967–68, 1972–73
Uefa Super Cup: 5 — 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007
Intercontinental Cup: 3 — 1969, 1989, 1990
Fifa Club World Cup — 2007
Ballon d’Or winners: 8 — Gianni Rivera (1969), Ruud Gullit (1987), Marco van Basten (1988, 1989, 1992), George Weah (1995), Andriy Shevchenko (2004), Kaka (2007)
Milan were the first Italian side to be crowned European champions, when Cesare Maldini captained the Rossoneri to success in 1963.
But Inter hit back to win the following two under the legendary Helenio Herrera, and that side is fondly remembered as Il Grande Inter — the Great Inter.
On both occasions, they clinched the Intercontinental Cup.
At that point, both were level on eight Serie A titles.
Inter again broke the world transfer record when they signed Harald Nielsen from Bologna for £300,000 in 1968.
The same that Milan won the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1968.
And a second European Cup triumph in 1969 — subsequently followed by a first Intercontinental Cup.
A second Cup Winners’ Cup followed in 1973, a year after Inter had lost to Ajax in the European Cup final.
The rest of 1970s and early 1980s brought little success on the continent for either until Silvio Berlusconi’s purchase of Milan in 1986.
He brought in Ruud Gullit — for a world record fee of £6million — Marco van Basten and Frank Rijkaard.
The Dutch trio propelled the Rossoneri to Europe’s greatest, and they won back-to-back European Cups in 1989 and 1990.
And, just a year later, Inter won the Uefa Cup for the first time.
Milan then broke the transfer record twice in one year as they brought in Jean-Pierre Papin from Marseille for £10m and later Gianluigi Lentini from Torino for £13m.
A first Champions League arrived in 1994 — and that year produced a Milano double as Inter won the Uefa Cup.
Inter then took over on the financial front as they spent big.
Inter Milan honours
Serie A: 18 — 1909–10, 1919–20, 1929–30, 1937–38, 1939–40, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1962–63, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1970–71, 1979–80, 1988–89, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10
Coppa Italia: 7 — 1938–39, 1977–78, 1981–82, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2010–11
Supercoppa Italiana: 5 — 1989, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010
European Cup/Champions League: 3 — 1963–64, 1964–65, 2009–10
Uefa Cup: 3 — 1990–91, 1993–94, 1997–98
Intercontinental Cup: 2 — 1964, 1965
Fifa Club World Cup — 2010
Ballon d’Or winners: 2 — Lothar Matthaus (1990), Ronaldo (1997)
In 1997, they broke the transfer record to sign Ronaldo from Barcelona for £19m and won the Uefa Cup a year later.
In 1999 did it again when they spent £31m on Christian Vieri, but they were the nearly men for so long.
Juventus continued to dominate on the domestic front, before a rare capital flurry as Roma and Lazio won a title apiece.
Despite not splashing out on the glamour stars Milan were building a world class team and won the Champions League again under Carlo Ancelotti in 2003.
That kicked off an incredible period of dominance which yielded a semi-final and final defeat for victory again in 2007.
A match-fixing scandal saw Juve relegated and Milan deduced points in the summer of 2006.
Now the dominant side in the land, Inter won five titles in a row — culminating in Italy’s first Treble in 2010.
Milan won the following season’s title, with Inter winning the Coppa Italia.
And that was to be the last real honour either has enjoyed.
With both now owned by wealthy Chinese investors, the future could again be bright for the city of Milan.
But current club captains, Riccardo Montolivo and Mauro Icardi, are a world away from Paolo Maldini and Javier Zanetti.