Former AC Milan defender Taribo West believes he was better than club legend Paolo Maldini, but was treated unfairly by the Italian side.
In one season with the Serie A outfit, the former Nigeria international appeared in just four games, despite his self-proclaimed status as the club's best defender.
West remains bitter about his time at San Siro and has suggested that his short spell with the Rossoneri was a failure because of Maldini's "godfather" status.
"There were three of us, but the coach would pick the Italians even though I was clearly the best," he told Supersport.com.
"In 2000, I played the African Nations Cup with Nigeria and when I returned Maldini was injured. I played the games in his place but I did not get very many.
"I was told clearly that nobody could force out Maldini because he was a godfather in the club."
West was forced to take a seat on the bench while watching Maldini and Alessandro Costacurta start regularly, which the former Inter defender claims was because of their Italian backgrounds.
"Because I had a good relationship with [Inter president Massimo Moratti], I called him to tell him what was going on," he continued. "He told me that at AC Milan this was a normal thing.
"No one could take the place of Maldini. I was in shock. At the time they told so many lies about me because they wanted me out.
"During the four games I played, I was always the best player on the field, yet my contract was not renewed."