He had to come and go a total of four times, scoring and winning little, before his fifth opportunity eventually saw success. Aldo Serena’s relationship with Inter was defined by a disrupted love, one where in retrospect you only realise how good it really was. Featuring for Inter in 1978-79, 1981-82 and 1983-84, before he then returned to the club in 1985 after a loan spell with Torino. At the time, President Pellegrini told him over the phone about plans to sell him to Juventus. Serena instantly rejected the deal, although did ask to resume their conversation at another time as he was just about to attend a Bruce Springsteen concert at the San Siro.
Despite this, the player did then spend two years with Juventus after watching The Boss. His eventual Nerazzurri return came in 1987, although then he stayed for good. He played four seasons for Inter, winning one Scudetto as Serie A capocannoniere, one Supercoppa Italiana and also one UEFA Cup. He also made his mark in the Derby. Facing Sacchi’s Milan on September 11th 1988, the Italian champions had been dominating. Inter were struggling. Following a number of good saves from Zenga, Bergomi swung in an enticing cross which Serena headed home from the penalty spot to make it 1-0.
Inter pushed on after this win and subsequently went on to win their 13th Scudetto, one which set records. In the same year he also scored against Sampdoria in the final of the Supercoppa Italiana. Serena will also be remembered for being the first (alongside Christian Vieri) and only man to feature in the Milan and Turin derbies for all four teams. However, despite this, we certainly saw the best of his ability during his time with Inter.