Greatest Combined Milan XI of All-Time

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Throughout the years, Internazionale and A.C Milan have had some of the worlds greatest. We wanted to have a look at making an ultimate Milan XI! It’s tougher than you think!

Walter Zenga

The former Italian shot stopper played an incredible 473 times for Internazionale and was a constant for the side during his 12 years with the club. Throughout the 80’s and early 90’s, Zenga proved himself to be one of the greatest Italian goalkeepers of all-time.

Javier Zanetti

Of course Zanetti had to be in the XI, Some tough competition but come on, It’s Zanetti. As right backs go it is tough to find a more consistent performer than Zanetti. Not only that the Argentine remained consistent throughout his record 858 games for Internazionale. Absolute certainty at right-back.

Franco Baresi

Obviously. An incredible 20 years at A.C Milan, TWENTY. Named as A.C Milan’s player of the century in 1999, I think it’s fair to say Baresi deserves his spot at the heart of the defence.

Paolo Maldini

Okay so Baresi was at A.C Milan for 20 years… but Maldini raised the stakes with an incredible 24 years with the Rossoneri! With 647 league appearances, Maldini is the obvious partner for Baresi at the back.

Giacinto Facchetti

Internazionale’s hero throughout the 60’s and 70’s. Facchetti is widely regarded as one of the greatest full backs to have played the game. He could do it all, both attacking and defending. A back four of ‘one club players’, all were pretty obvious choices.

Frank Rijkaard

Rijkaard was absolutely pivotal for Arrigo Sacchi during his time at AC Milan. The converted centre back became an absolute rock for Sacchi’s midfield. His aggressive and combative style was absolutely vital to allow the flair players around him to really dictate the play and win games, which they did… a lot.

Andrea Pirlo

Love Pirlo. How can you not? Throughout his time at AC Milan, the Italian playmaker was a major part of the Rossoneri’s success throughout the 2000’s picking up two Serie A titles and two Champions League wins during his ten years with Milan. Pure class.

Clarence Seedorf

The second dutchman. Seedorf had it all, possibly one of the greatest all round midfielders to have played the game. Seedorf had the physical attributes to compliment his skills and ability to read the game. With over 300 games for the Rossoneri in an elite team proves just how good a player Seedorf was.

Sandro Mazzola

Over 400 games in an inter career that spanned 17 years, Mazzola is yet another ‘one club’ player who deserves his spot. Mazzola was lauded for having such incredible technical ability and goalscoring talents. Mazzola scored 116 goals for Internazionale and is certainly deserving of the spot at the top of the diamond.

Marco Van Basten

The third and possibly greatest of the dutchmen in this team. During his time at Milan, Marco Van Basten won the Ballon d’Or three times for his striking efforts in one of the greatest ever AC Milan sides.  With 124 goals over his 201 games at Milan, Van Basten is a must.

Ronaldo

The Brazilian striker who played for both sides of Milan was really in his prime at Inter. After joining Internazionale from Barcelona in 1997, Ronaldo bagged 59 goals, in his 99 games for Nerazzurri but if it wasn’t for injuries it could have been so much more. During his time at Inter Ronaldo changed his game becoming more of an all round player before moving on to Real Madrid as a key part of the Galacticos. How could you leave this guy out?

 

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Substitutions: Toldo, Costacurta, Cafu, Stankovic, Gullit, Shevchenko, Meazza

 

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