A lot of people like to do comparison articles and like to look at how times have changed at certain clubs, but not many have done it the way we are about to.
An image is floating around social media over the past few days showing AC Milan's team on FIFA 2006. Now if you have seen this image, you will know how mighty impressive said team is and if you are an AC Milan fan or just a die-hard football fan, you will remember the Milan team of 06.
If you cannot remember, then you are in for a treat as we take a look back at the glory days of AC Milan and reveal just how good they were back in 2006, almost 10 years ago.
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So for those of you that don't know what FIFA is (where have you been?!?!), it's the biggest football computer game. It's been going for years, since mid-90s, and is still going strong now on all gaming platforms.
Now on FIFA, each team and each player has ratings. The teams are rated out of 100 and based on their defence, midfield and attack, whilst players are rated on all range of attributes.
AC Milan 2006
So lets first look at AC Milan's team from 2006. Below is a starting XI you could put together on FIFA 2006 for AC Milan. Now obviously we will choose a suitable formation and play players in their appropriate positions. We won't just lob all the best players into the team, although when you see the stats, you will probably think we have done that.
So here is a starting XI from FIFA 2006. In the brackets will be the player's FIFA rating out of 100.
Dida (90), Cafu (90), Nesta (90), Stam (93), Maldini (92), Pirlo (89), Gattuso (87), Seedorf (90), Kaka (92), Shevchenko (94), Vieri (89).
So there you have a starting XI for Milan back in FIFA 2006. Easily a five-star team, which is the best you can be, and the players average comes in at a staggering 91.
AC Milan 2015
Now lets look at a possible team you could put together on FIFA 2015 for AC Milan.
Lopez (83), De Sciglio (76), Alex (82), Rami (79), Armero (73), Montolivio (81), El Shaarawy (80), Bonaventura (79), Honda (79), Torres (81), Pazzini (77).
That is the best team you could put together with a realistic formation and with players in their appropriate positions.
An average rating of just 79, which is 12 ratings below what the average was nine years ago. AC Milan's fall from grace is visible on the pitch in real life, but also visible on the pitch on computer games as well.
How long will it be until AC Milan are back on top in Europe again?
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