(born 8 July 1977 in Abbiategrasso
) is an Italian footballer
who plays as a goalkeeper
for Serie A
Having begun his footballing career at the age of 13, for Trezzano and Assago, he moved to Corsico and in 1996 secured a move to Monza. He transferred to A.C. Milan
in summer 1998. His debut in Serie A came on January 17, 1999 as a 92nd-minute substitute for Sebastiano Rossi
. He then became Milan's first choice goalkeeper, for four years, until he lost his starting spot to backup Dida
early in the 2002–2003 season after picking up an injury during a Champions League
qualifying match in August 2002. Dida's top form effectively ground Abbiati's playing time to a halt.
On 25 August 2004, a brief controversy surfaced when an editorial criticizing Dida and Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti
appeared on Abbiati's official website, stating that Dida had made mistakes in a friendly against U.C. Sampdoria
and that Ancelotti was blocking a move that would have sent Abbiati to Palermo
. Abbiati denied that he'd written the piece and said that it had been posted by his webmaster. "I never speak to the person who looks after my site. I would never judge one of my teammates."
Though his webmaster claimed responsibility for the article, speculation nonetheless arose... Read More