Abbiati set to retire from football – tomorrow will be his last match at the San Siro stadium

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Christian Abbiati of AC Milan screams instructions to his team mates during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Ajax Amsterdam and AC Milan at Amsterdam Arena on October 1, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Abbiati during the Champions League match Ajax-Milan at Amsterdam Arena on October 1, 2013. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Christian Abbiati will wave goodbye to the world of football next week and tomorrow against Roma he will be at Stadio San Siro as a player for the last time.

The 38-year-old goalkeeper, who joined Milan in 1998, will put an end to his playing career when the Rossoneri finish the season next week (May 21st) in the Coppa Italia final against Juventus.

“Tomorrow we salute the great Abbia” Milan’s official account tweeted on Friday evening, confirming the rumours. “After the final whistle, Abbiati will salute the fans. After 15 years at Milan, he says goodbye to football.”

Christian has made over 550 appearances in since making his debut with Monza in 1994. With the red and black of Milan he’s played nearly 400 matches in the 15 seasons spent, winning in the process 3 Scudetti (1998–99, 2003–04, 2010–11), one Coppa Italia (2002–03), two Suppercoppa Italiana (2004, 2011), one Champions League (2002–03) and one UEFA Super Cup (2003).

There are reports that Abbiati, who will tomorrow against Roma at San Siro start from the bench with the 17-year-old Donnarumma playing, could join Gennaro Gattuso’s coaching staff. Grazie Abbia!

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el coco
el coco
5 years ago

#legend

kaka's fan
kaka's fan
5 years ago

Maybe he could become a coach and be ours

Milan10
Milan10
5 years ago

I’ll never forget his heroic displays in 98/99 scudetto winning season. Grazie abbiati

m.a.usa
m.a.usa
5 years ago

He should start the game. Not be subbed in. He’s the most capped Milan GK.

Joe
Joe
5 years ago
Reply to  m.a.usa

I agree – he should start and then should be substituted in like 88th minute so he could walk off to the applause of the fans. He deserves this start and if Brocchi does t start him, he is an idiot. Abbiati is a legend and should be treated as such!!!

Thank you CA!!!!

Jibola
Jibola
5 years ago

He said couple of weeks ago that he could stay another year depends on situations, I believe Abbiati has seen something from the inside we cannot see and had to leave even though is overdue.
Thanks for your service to Milan, a great professional.

Milanista121
Milanista121
5 years ago
Reply to  Jibola

Yeah maybe, i Also read that he wanted to stay another year… I’m going to miss him. He is like Ambrosini, a real unsung hero who was always there, without getting the credit he deserves and actually being taken for granted. He will always have a special place in my heart though. Grazie per tutto Grande Abbia!!

ACMilanSince 69
ACMilanSince 69
5 years ago
Reply to  Jibola

Milan did not want to pay him for another year. They are tightening their belts.

Pelle80
Pelle80
5 years ago

A very big thanks to a great gentleman and a great professional. Goodluck Abiatti !

i_rossoneri
i_rossoneri
5 years ago

Great proffesional, and trully an unsung hero…. Grazie Abbiati!