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11 reasons why the AC Milan sides of the mid 2000s were on a different planet

The AC Milan team of the mid 2000s holds a special place in all our hearts.

They combined world legends, stunning kits and exuberant formations in one mouthwatering era of pure dominance.

If this doesn’t make you yearn for a time machine, then I’m not sure what will

1 This was their line up in the 2005 Champions League final

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No match for Djimi Traore or Vladimir Smicer though, clearly…

2 Carlo Ancelotti was the boss

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3 Ruis Costa had to settle for a place on the bench (they were *that* good)

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But he was partly responsible for one of the most iconic photos in football history back in 2005.

4 Their away kits redefined the word lush

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5 Kaka was the best player in the world

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And the last man to win the Ballon d’Or before Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

6 Kahka Kaladze was a useful asset

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He later went onto become the Georgian Deputy Prime Minister. Fancy.

7 They played, and perfected, the Christmas tree formation on their way to Champions League glory in 2007

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Aesthetically. Pleasing.

8 The original Ronaldo was also on the books in 2007

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But he was behind Filippo Inzaghi and Alberto Gilardino in the attacking pecking order.

9 Rivaldo graced the San Siro back in 03/04 after his spell at Barcelona

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Wall to wall legends.

10 A young kid called Alexandre Pato was learning from the best after bursting onto the scene in 2008

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Not bad influences to have in the dressing room.

11 And cult hero alarms were going off everywhere

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Remember Sam Dalla Bona, Chelsea fans?

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Jon Dahl Tomasson was the ultimate fox in the box.

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Thomas Helveg was a defensive rock.

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Zidane was no match for Leeds ~legend~ Roque Junior.

Take us back. Fast.