With 18 officially recognised UEFA and FIFA titles, AC Milan are the fourth most successful club in the world in terms of number of international titles. Milan have also won the European Cups on seven occasions, second only to Real Madrid.
Many great players have played for the ‘Rossoneri’ over the years. In this article, we will have a look at ‘best AC Milan players ever‘ in this list of ‘AC Milan legends‘.
Here are the 10 ‘best AC Milan players ever’ in the list ‘greatest AC Milan legends’-
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10. Filippo Inzaghi
Filippo Inzaghi started his football career in the youth sector of Piacenza, played for several clubs, including Leffe, Parma, Atalanta and Juventus, scoring an impressive number of goals.
At the peak of his career he arrived at AC Milan. In the jersey of the Rossoneri ‘Superpippo’ exploded scoring a plethora of goals, including a decisive brace in the Champions League final revenge in Athens, repeated at the Club World Cup against Boca Juniors. He finished his adventure with Milan as a footballer with 126 goals and 300 official appearances, along with a long series of trophies.
Inzaghi won two UEFA Champions League titles (2003, 2007), and two Serie A titles (2004, 2011) with Milan. He said after the 2007 Champions League final in Athens that, ”It’s a dream since I was a child to score twice in the final, and the ones I scored yesterday evening were the most important in my life. It was an unforgettable game. It’s something that will stay with me all my life and two goals in the final speaks for itself.”
Reaching his peak on the brink of the Messi-Ronaldo era, Kaká occupies a unique place in football history. For a brief period of time, Kaká was, without doubt, the best footballer in the world.
Kaka arrived from Sao Paulo in 2003. With his good feet and great sprint speed he immediately helped Milan to their seventeenth league title. The Brazilian’s exponential growth culminated in the extraordinary 2006/07 season, when he scored 10 goals and led the team to the Champions League final victory in Athens, after an unforgettable brace to Manchester United in the semi-final.
He received the Golden Ball and FIFA World Player awards in 2007, Kaká also won the European Super Cup and Club World Cup. He won everything of note with the Rossoneri and earned his place among AC Milan legends.
8. Ruud Gullit
With technique, power and physicality, Gullit was the perfect partner to Marco van Basten and, along with Frank Rijkaard. They allowed Milan to dominate unchallenged in Italy and in Europe between the late 1980s and early 1990s.
When he arrived at Milan, Gullit initially struggled to settle as he didn’t know Italian and was unused to living in a foreign country. However, Gullit’s first season at Milan saw the club win Scudetto for the first time in 9 years.
A member of some of the greatest club teams ever assembled, Gullit won the Ballon d’Or in 1987 rocking his iconic dreadlocks.
7. Alessandro Costacurta
Part of a long, laundry list of absolute legendary center-backs to grace the red & black shirt, Costacurta, honestly, is probably massively underrated simply because so many amazing defenders have played with the Rossoneri.
He was a home-grown talent. Under the guidance of Arrigo Sacchi, he finally expressed his full potential, finding his ideal position next to Baresi. Precise, disciplined, endowed with an extraordinary tactical intelligence, he won everything during his very long career.
Costacurta became the oldest footballer ever to play in the Champions League, in Milan’s 1-0 loss to AEK Athens on 21 November 2006, at 40 years and 211 days.
He retired from football at 41 years leaving Milan fans a legacy of memories, including a goal on a penalty kick scored against Udinese in his last match played at San Siro.
6. Andriy Shevchenko
One of the best AC Milan players ever, Andriy Shevchenko is the second-highest scorer in AC Milan’s history with 175 goals over eight seasons, that rightly earns him a place among AC Milan legends.
Shevchenko knew how to score and he did it a lot at Milan. He is best known for his amazing finishing and deadly shoot. Shevchenko’s career has been highlighted by many awards, the most prestigious of which were the Ballon d’Or in 2004 and the champions league when he scored the decisive penalty against Juventus in 2003.
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5. Gunnar Nordahl
AC Milan’s highest goalscorer, Gunnar Nordahl scored 225 goals in 291 matches. He was a highly prolific, powerful, and physically strong striker, with an eye for goal.
He was a five-time Serie A top scorer and holds the record for most goals in a single league season with 35. This Swedish player is for sure one of the best AC Milan players ever.
4. Marco Van Basten
Greatest striker in the history of the club and argubly the greatest in the history of Serie A, Marco Van Basten won 3 Ballon d’Or and was voted as AC Milan’s best striker of the 20th century.
Unfortunately injuries really troubled him, otherwise he could have achieved much more. He scored 125 goals in 198 matches which is amazing statistic for someone who had a lot of troubles with injuries. Just imagine what would he do if he didn’t have all those injuries.
3. Gianni Rivera
The first Italian ever to win the Golden Ball award, Gianni Rivera was only 17 years old when in 1960 he started playing in Milan jersey.
Rivera was a creative midfielder that could score. With the Rossoneri he continued showing the good qualities he had displayed in the previous two years with Alessandria. It’s the start of a golden age for Milan that with the ‘Golden Boy’ lifted his first European Champion Clubs’ Cup trophy one year later. After winning everything, he finished with the Scudetto that was also the tenth title for the club.
He scored 163 goals in 650 matches in AC Milan shirt. He played for the club between 1960-1979 and is regarded as one of the best AC Milan players ever.
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2. Franco Baresi
One of the greatest AC Milan legends, Franco Baresi, was the ‘Steel Man’ of AC Milan’s defence and the Italian national team for over two decades.
Franco Baresi is the longest-serving captain of the history of Milan, donning the armband in 15 of 20 seasons as a professional with the Rossoneri. He made 719 appearances, winning six league titles and three European Cups during his dominant reign at the back.
He was a brick wall and a one club man, playing his entire glorious career for the Rossoneri. A loyal and legendary footballer.
1. Paolo Maldini
The no.1 in our list of AC Milan legends is Paolo Maldini. He is regarded as one of the greatest defender of all time. He is the son of another AC Milan legendry defender Cesare Maldini. We can easily say that Maldini’s are “defenders” of AC Milan.
If the club were to be summarized in one word, it would be “Maldini”. 25 incredible years winning five Champions League trophies. The defender is the record appearance-maker for Milan with 902, the record appearance-maker in Serie A with 647 and the record appearance-maker in European Cup history with 174.
He won 26 trophies with Milan and is without a doubt, the best AC Milan player ever.
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