AC Milan is one of Europe’s biggest clubs. Its museum is filled with the history of this beautiful sport, and is one of the winningest teams ever, even though they haven’t been as dominant lately.
Not so long ago, the Rossoneri dominated both in Italy and abroad, but they haven’t been able to bring or develop as many talented players as they once did, mightily struggling to even make it to Serie A’s top 5.
Even so, some of the greatest players in the history of this sport have worn their red and black stripes, but who would you take over most of them? Let’s take a look at AC Milan’s top 10 players ever.
Honorable Mention: Frank Rijkaard, Filippo Inzaghi, Gunnar Nordahl
10. Clarence Seedorf
Clarence Seedorf holds the record for the foreign player with more caps for AC Milan with 432. He was an example of durability, versatility, effort and talent, and the best midfielder in club history.
Seedorf could facilitate for others while also being a defensive standout. He played from box to box and could keep on running for days. Also, he won 10 trophies for AC Milan, including the team’s last 2 UEFA Champions League.
9. Cesare Maldini
As you may tell for his name, Cesare Maldini was Paolo Maldini’s dad, but he truly made a name for himself at Milan, winning 4 Scudettos as a player and a couple trophies as their coach later on.
Cesare Maldini was one of the world’s most dominant defenders in the 50’s and 60’s, leading his AC Milan to their first ever European Cup Championship in Wembley against Eusebio and his deadly Benfica.
8. George Weah
George Weah was the first non-European Ballon d'Or winner ever, and one of the deadliest strikers of the world during the ’90s. Over a 6 season span, he won a couple scudetto for the Rossoneri.
Weah scored 58 games for Milan, won 2 African Ballon D’Ors and won 1 UEFA Champions League golden boot. Also, he was chosen as one of FIFA’S best 100 players ever before becoming Liberia’s president.
7. Andrea Pirlo
Most young fans may remember Andrea Pirlo for his heroics at Juventus, but his best years actually came dressed on red and black stripes following a stint on their longtime rivals, Internazionale.
L'Architetto was a master of set pieces, a guy that dictated tempo at will and that had one of the smoothest touches with the ball on his feet. He won 9 trophies at Milan, including 2 scudettos and 2 Champions Leagues.
6. Andriy Shevchenko
Andriy Shevchenko was once one of Europe’s most feared strikers, and one of the main reasons why AC Milan found such success in the early 2000s, as he scored 175 goals with 52 assists in 322 caps for the Rossoneri.
Shevchenko could play as the 9 in the middle of the box or play behind the striker. He was fast, strong and quite a crafty finisher. He won the Ballon D’Or, 1 Supercoppa, 1 Coppa de Italia, 1 Serie A, a UEFA Champions League, and 1 UEFA Supercup with AC Milan.
Most people may not remember because of his downfall at Real Madrid, but Kaká was one of the best players in the world during his stint at Italy, even winning the last Ballon d'Or before the Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s surge.
Kaká excelled at creating chances and making his teammates better and was deadly when given space near the box. He won 1 Champions League, 2 UEFA Supercup, 1 Scudetto and 1 Supercoppa.
4. Ruud Gullit
When it comes to versatility, just a handful of players can be ranked ahead of Ruud Gullit, a talented Dutch that could play as a striker or create gaps on defenses a couple steps outside of the box.
Gullit was AC Milan’s most expensive signing at the time and he was truly worth it, as he led the Rossoneri to 13 titles, including 6 continental trophies throughout a 6 season span. Who’s that even possible?
3. Franco Baresi
Young fans may not know much about him, but Franco Baresi is considered to be one of the greatest defenders in the history of the game, a guy that could work as a full-back or cover the back of defensive midfielders as a Libero.
Baresi spent his entire 20-year career at AC Milan as one of the most durable players ever, and led’s Italy’s top-tier defense during the 1982 World Cup at Spain. He won 6 scudettos and 4 Supercoppas, as well as 3 UEFA cups, 2 UEFA Supercup and 2 Intercontinental Cups.
2. Marco Van Basten
Marco Van Basten is considered to be the best striker in the history of AC Milan, as he completely dominated both in Italy and abroad next to the aforementioned Ruud Gullit over a 6 season span.
Van Basten could finish in a huge variety of ways, play on either flank or as the team’s 9, and was also clinical with headers. He scored 125 goals with 36 assists in 202 caps for Milan and led them to 11 trophies.
1. Paolo Maldini
And finally, most fans chose Paolo Maldini as the greatest player ever to wear AC Milan’s jersey, and not only because of his restless passion for the club, but because of his defensive ability as a left back or full back throughout his entire career.
Maldini was surgical when tackling opponents, fast, strong and a durable player, He spent 24 years at the club and is their winningest player ever, taking home as much as 26 trophies for the Rossoneri.