In 2010, Internazionale defeated heavyweights Bayern Munich, Chelsea, and Barcelona in the UCL finals to lift the prestigious European football trophy. Jose Mourinho guided his experienced Inter Milan side to Champions League success and returned the trophy to the San Siro. Today, only two of the players from the 2010 Champions League squad remain active. However, most of the Inter players have since hung their boots after illustrious careers in both club and international football. Lets find out where they finished playing before retiring.
- 1 Nerazzurri Upbeat for Another UCL Trophy in 2023
- 2 Players that Brought Inter the UCL Glory in the 2010 Finals against Barcelona
- 2.1 Julio Cesar–Retired on 29th April 2018
- 2.2 Maicon – Retired on 7th May 2023
- 2.3 Walter Samuel – Retired on 1st July 2016
- 2.4 Lucio – Retired on 17th April 2017
- 2.5 Esteban Cambiasso – Retired on 6th Septemner 2017
- 2.6 Wesley Sneijder – Retired on 12th August 2023
- 2.7 Samuel Eto’o – Retired on 6th September 2019
- 2.8 Diego Milito – Retired on 1st July 2016
- 2.9 Goran Pandev – Retired on 1st July 2022
- 2.10 Christian Chivu – Retired on 31st March 2014
- 2.11 Dejan Stankovic – Retired on 6th July 2013
- 2.12 McDonald Mariga – Retired on 1st July 2018
- 2.13 Javier Zanetti – Retired on 1st July 2014
- 2.14 Mario Balotelli -Active
- 2.15 Sulley Muntari – Retired on 28th November 2022
- 2.16 Marco Materazzi – Retired on 1st July 2016
- 2.17 Ivan Cordoba Retired – on 1st July 2012
- 2.18 Francesco Toldo – Retired on 1st July 2010
Nerazzurri Upbeat for Another UCL Trophy in 2023
Inter Milan are back on the big stage in 2023 to play the Champions League final against the most-inform club in Europe right now, Manchester City. Will the Nerazzurris deny the Cytizens the UCL silverware, or will Pep Guardiola secure the domestic treble just like Inter Milan did in 2010?
Here is a video tweet that takes you back on memory lane to that special night when Inter forward, Diego Milito, scored the winning goal in the 2010 Champions League final.
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 22, 2023
Players that Brought Inter the UCL Glory in the 2010 Finals against Barcelona
The following is a list of the player that brought glory to Inter Milan in 2010, with Jose Mourinho as the special one at the centre of an unforgettable treble for the Nerrazuris.
Julio Cesar–Retired on 29th April 2018
Last Club: Julio Cesar retired after a brief stint with Flamengo in Brazil.
Julio Cesar’s performance earned him the UEFA and Serie A shot-stopper of the year during the 2009/10 season. He was between the sticks in all 13 Champions League games for the Nerazzurri. The 2010 Champions League hero retired back in 2018.
Maicon – Retired on 7th May 2023
Last Club: Maicon's last club was Santos of Brazil where he spent five months following a switch from Cruzeiro in the same league.
The Brazilian right-back maestro was named the UEFA Defender of the Season following his Serie A and Champions League performance. He made it to the Dream Team of the summer World Cup after an impressive 51 appearances. He is currently retired. Maicon's last club was in San Marino, playing for SP Tre Penne in 2021 before hanging his boots. His other top clubs were Manchester City, AS Monaco and Villa Nova.
Walter Samuel – Retired on 1st July 2016
Last Club: Walter Samuel played his last football at FC Basel where he spent two years.
Samuel was an instrumental figure in Inter’s 2009/10 season. The legendary centre-back was named the Serie A player of the year following his iconic display in all of Inter's Champions League matches.
Lucio – Retired on 17th April 2017
Last Club: Lucio retired after spending one season with Brasiliense.
Lucio made his Serie A debut in the 2009/10 season from the Bundesliga. His outstanding performance earned him a place in the World Soccer Team of the Year. Lucio also plied his trade at Juventus, FC Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen and several other clubs.
Esteban Cambiasso – Retired on 6th Septemner 2017
Last Club: Esteban Cambiasso played for Olympiacos between August 2015 and July 2017.
The left-footed midfielder endured a six-season stint at San Siro before lifting the European coveted crown in 2010. The iconic playmaker is currently retired.
Wesley Sneijder – Retired on 12th August 2023
Last Club: Wesley Sneijder played for one season at Al-Gharafa in Qatar before hanging his boots.
The Netherlands midfielder is remembered for the killer pass that made the Nerazzurri tick in the final Champions League match in 2010.
Samuel Eto’o – Retired on 6th September 2019
Last Club: Samuel Eto'0 career ended with a stint in Qatar, playing for Qatar SC in 2018.
Eto’o made his debut at San Siro in the 2009/10 season in a move that made Zlatan Ibrahimovic make way. He won the Champions League for the third time. He played for other top clubs such as Everton, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Konyaspor.
Diego Milito – Retired on 1st July 2016
Last Club: Milito spent two seasons at Racing Club between 2014 and 2016.
Milato was the star man as he got the two goals that earned his side the trophy in 2010. He finalized his career at Racing Club in Argentina before calling it a day.
Goran Pandev – Retired on 1st July 2022
Last Club: Goran Pandev's last club was Parma where he spent six months between January and July of 2022.
Goran rescued his career after a fallout with the Lazio dugout to earn a place at San Siro. The North Macedonian forward retired after a successful football career. Pandev also played for Lazio, Spezia, Napoli, Galatasaray and Geneo.
Christian Chivu – Retired on 31st March 2014
Last Club: Chivu's last club was in fact Inter Milan where he retired in 2014 after the famous 2010 UCL glory. He is currently the head coach for Inter U19.
The utility Romanian defender starred for the Nerazzurri whenever called upon but was never a regular starter for the Nerazzurris.
Dejan Stankovic – Retired on 6th July 2013
Last Club: Inter Milan was Stankovic's last club after nine years between 2004 and 2013.
The central midfielder was a substitute in the highly emotive match in Madrid when Inter Milan won its last European most coveted trophy. The Serbian is currently the Sampdoria manager.
McDonald Mariga – Retired on 1st July 2018
Last Club: Marriga ended his football career after one season with Real Oviedo in Spain.
The Kenyan international midfielder was an unused substitute in Inter Milan’s latest Champions League trophy win. He also played for clubs such as Parma, Latina, Real Sociedad and Helsingborgs IF.
Javier Zanetti – Retired on 1st July 2014
Last Club: Zanetti played for 19 years at Inter Milan before announcing his retirement – a true legend of the game for Inter.
The Nerazzuri’s legendary captain stayed in the team for 15 years before finally holding Europe's soccer title for the elites. He hung his boots after making over 850 appearances for his side at the age of 40 years.
Mario Balotelli -Active
Active: Currently playing for FC Sion in Switzerland.
The unused substitute in the 2010 Inter’s Champions League win is one of the only two players currently playing soccer. He is now with FC Sion as a centre-forward. The 32-year-old also played for Liverpool, Manchester City, AC Milan, Nice, Monza, Adana Demirspor and several other clubs.
Sulley Muntari – Retired on 28th November 2022
Last Club: Sulley Muntari's last club was Ghana's Accra Hearts of Oak, where he spent two years and then retired after being without a club for five months.
The Ghanaian central midfielder played an integral part in helping Inter Milan win the Champions League.
Marco Materazzi – Retired on 1st July 2016
Last Club: Marco Materazzi spent one season at Chennaiyini FC in India between September 2014 and January 2016.
The 2010 Champions League winner with Inter Milan was a substitute on the night when Inter famously lifted the trophy.
Ivan Cordoba Retired – on 1st July 2012
Last Club: The Colombian retired after 12 years at Inter Milan between 2000 and 2012.
The five-time Italian champion was a substitute on the night when he won his first Champions League trophy in Madrid. He previously plied his trade at Atletico Nacional and San Lorenzo.
Francesco Toldo – Retired on 1st July 2010
Last Club: Retired after spending nine years at Inter Milan.
The Italian was a substitute in Inter Milan’s last match in 2010. Toldo also played for the Italian side Fiorentina before he joined Inter.