Champions League 2022/23: The Rossoneri squad

Junior Messias, Charles De Ketelaere, Rafael Leão and Olivier Giroud celebrating during Milan-Bologna at Stadio San Siro on August 27, 2022. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Here is the squad of Milan.

Milan start their Champions League campaign next week and they have been draw in Group E alongside Chelsea, Red Bull Salzburg and Dinamo Zagreb.

Today, the list of Milan for the competition was delivered. UEFA has certain rules that must be respected when it comes to who can be included in the list.

As explained on UEFA’s website, every club must submit two lists of players. List A had to be submitted by tonight (Friday) while List B, which must be submitted no later than 24:00 CET the day before each match.

Who can be on List A?

  • No club can have more than 25 players on List A during the season, of whom at least two must be goalkeepers.
  • As a minimum, 8 of those 25 places are reserved exclusively for ‘locally trained players’. If a club have fewer than 8 locally trained players in their squad, then the maximum number of players on List A is reduced accordingly.

What’s a ‘locally trained player’?

  • Club-trained players who were on a club’s books for three years between the ages of 15 and 21.
  • Association-trained players who were on another club’s books in the same association for three years between the ages of 15 and 21. No club can have more than four association-trained players among their eight ‘local’ nominees on List A.
Junior Messias and Brahim Díaz during Milan-Udinese at on August 13, 2022. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

What is List B?

  • A player may be registered on List B if he is born on, or after, 1 January 2001 and has been eligible to play for the club concerned for any uninterrupted period of two years since his 15th birthday by the time he is registered with UEFA – or for a total of three consecutive years with a maximum of one loan period to a club from the same association for a period not longer than one year. Players aged 16 may be submitted if they have been registered with the club for the previous two years without interruption.
  • Each club must include at least two goalkeepers on List A and at least three in total (List A and List B combined).
  • Clubs are entitled to register an unlimited number of players on List B during the season, but the list needs to be submitted no later than 24:00 CET the day before a match.
Stefano Pioli during Milan-Bologna at Stadio San Siro on August 27, 2022. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

As a result of the written above, some players had to be cut from the Champions League squad. Those players are Romanian goalkeeper Ciprian Tătăruşanu, new signings Malick Thiaw, Aster Vranckx and Yacine Adli, the out-of-favor Tiémoué Bakayoko and injured Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Milan only have 23 players in the squad instead of 25 since they only have 6 locally trained players.

Mike MaignanDavide CalabriaIsmaël BennacerOlivier Giroud
Antonio MiranteFodé Ballo-TouréSandro TonaliBrahim Díaz
Theo HernándezTommaso PobegaAnte Rebić
Pierre KaluluRade KrunićRafael Leão
Sergiño DestDivock Origi
Fikayo TomoriJunior Messias
Simon KjærAlexis Saelemaekers
Alessandro FlorenziCharles De Ketelaere
Matteo Gabbia
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Where is Yacine Adli?

Oluwa Shevy

Exactly the few games I saw him play in preseason was impressed that midfield need to be very strong Diaz is light weight can easily be maneuver


Brahim Diaz should not be on that list. The midfield is very light with just Bennacer and Tonali. Krunic, who is not really on their level, is injured, while Pobega is still trying to gel with the team’s chemistry.

Adli should have been the choice and not Diaz. The other choice would have been Thiaw because he can play DM. Even Bakayoko would be a better choice than Diaz.


Agreed Nino, we are very light in midfield. If bennacer or tonali get injured or suspended or are just tired we dont have an alternative like Kessie last year.
But some people here kept saying relax, all summer. Well pioli has had no time to assess or integrate new players so what choice does he have

Gbenga AJOSE

I think Milan is truing to stick to people who qualify them for champion league irrespective of how you play or current form.Thats fine but the midfield and right wing is where I have a major concern. It will take a while before we have squad 22 of first 11 calibre


This season’s UCL will be about progress, to see how far we can go after last year’s experience.

Hopefully next season will finally see the arrival of good ITALIAN players or prospects so we can make a true assault on UCL with a full squad of players. I mean players like Zaniolo and Parisi as well the return of Maldini and Colombo. Zaniolo could well be the elusive RW we’ve all been asking for, the final piece of puzzle in Maldini’s master plan for UCL success.