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The Rossoneri's victory in the prestigious Viareggio Cup should improve the morale of many depressed fans following the Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid

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By Kris Voakes | International Football Correspondent

'Il club piu titolato al mondo,' boasts the AC Milan jersey, but the club with the most respresentative honours in world football could also now add 'Il club piu titolato a Viareggio' to their chests following a ninth victory in the globe's leading youth tournament earlier this week.

Their Viareggio Cup success, earned via a 3-1 victory with nine men in the final against Anderlecht on Monday, was led by Primavera coach Filippo Inzaghi and featured some of the most dazzling youngsters of Italian football, while the Rossoneri appear to have a further stock of future stars at lower age groups, too.

The victories over Rijeka, Envigado, Fiorentina and Anderlecht provided an idea of what life might be like after players such as Kaka, Nigel de Jong and Sulley Muntari are no longer wearing the red and black.

The Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid in midweek has potentially ended the Milan senior side's season and, with next to no chance of qualifying for the competition next term, depression has set in for many fans.

But, the Viareggio Cup success has offered some reasons for future optimism. Below, Goal takes a closer look at some of the talents who have shone most brightly during their youth spells for the club.

ZAN BENEDICIC | MIDFIELDER
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D.O.B.
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ZAN BENEDICIC
03.10.1995
SLOVENIA

ANDERSON HERNANES

Zan Benedicic's left foot has been earning him quite the reputation at youth level for some time now and his performances at the Viareggio Cup will intensify the interest in the 18-year-old.

His three goals saw him top Milan's goal account, with his ability to strike the ball from range and excellent ball control leaving opposition defences unsure whether to close him down or let him run.

Already making waves for Slovenia at youth level, the midfielder has recently signed a new two-year extension to his contract to keep him at the club until June 2016. Don't be too surprised if Clarence Seedorf is using him in the first team long before then.

ANDREJ MODIC | MIDFIELDER
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D.O.B.
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ANDREJ MODIC
07.03.1996
BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

KAKA

Brought over from his homeland along with younger brother Mihael, Andrej was thought to be the lesser coup of the two but has since seen his stock rise thanks to a series of impressive displays.

With great control, vision and tactical nous, the Bosnian is being tipped to imminently make an impression on the first team, with Kaka himself singling the youngster out for praise recently.

He has already played alongside the Brazilian once, turning in a star showing in a first-team friendly against Chiasso, and his performances during the Viareggio Cup will only have enhanced his hope of making his competitive debut in the near future.

ANDREA PETAGNA | STRIKER
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D.O.B.
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ANDREA PETAGNA
30.06.1995
ITALY

ADRIANO

With strength, pace and a demon of a left foot, the world could be Andrea Petagna's oyster one day.

As exemplified by his stunning volley in the Viareggio final that earned his side extra-time, he has the kind of technical attributes that some veteran professionals would die for.

Having already appeared in five first-team games for Milan and a similar number for Sampdoria during a loan spell earlier this season, he is edging ever-nearer a more regular squad berth, as underlined by a spot in the 18 against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. With a little more dedication to the cause and greater direction, the centre forward could well fulfill his potential by becoming a Serie A player of some repute.

LUCA VIDO | ATTACKING MIDFIELDER
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D.O.B.
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LUCA VIDO
03.02.1997
ITALY

MANUEL RUI COSTA

After being tipped for big things by Goal in 2011, Vido has continued his rise to prominence in the Milan youth ranks and his performances at Viareggio gave observers a good idea of what he could offer in a first-team jersey in years to come.

Starting two games, including the final, the Italy under-18 international, who also starred in the Under-17 World Cup in 2013, displayed his ability to play either side of the front man, with his pace on the ball a real threat to opposition defences.

A danger in any area of the attacking half of the field, Vido has the quality to succeed, with his concentration and application having also improved since first playing under the wing of Inzaghi in the allievi setup last season.

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