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A.C. Milan: Best XI of-all-time

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A.C. Milan are one of Europe's most successful clubs, alongside Real Madrid. The Serie 'A' giants have featured legends and brilliant players throughout their history.

Here, GiveMeSport Academy member Thanos Batzios reveals his greatest A.C. Milan XI of-all-time...

Formation : 3-5-2

Goalkeeper : Sebastiano Rossi

The goalkeeper position, is certainly the weakest for Milan. During his 12-year career, Rossi won 12 major titles, making him the most successful stopper ever - and was part of the team which won the Champions League in 1994.

Centre-Back : Alessandro Nesta

A four-time member of the annual UEFA Team of the Year, Nesta was a world-class defender who was known for his disciplined marking and positioning, his accurate tackles and clean play. He played 224 times for the Rossoneri and is considered as one of the best centre-back's in recent history.

Centre-Back : Franco Baresi

The sweeper from Brescia, is the second most capped player in Milan's history with 719 appearances and is one of the greatest defenders football fans have ever witnessed. "Piscinin" (little one) was the leader of the great Milan in the 80's, which won back-to-back European Cups in 1988 and 1989 - and was voted as A.C. Milan football player of the century in 1999.

Centre-Back : Paolo Maldini

One of the greatest leaders of his generation, Maldini has the most appereances for Milan, having made 902. An incredible two-footed defender who played both centre-back and left-back, Il Capitano has won the Champions League five times with the Rossoneri, and lifted the Italian Championship seven times, making him the most successful and most loved football player in the club's history.

Defensive-Midfielder : Frank Rijkaard

Frank Rijkaard ranks as the archetype ideal defensive-midfielder. Tall, strong, quick, technical and aggressive, he'd often had more steals in a game than all the defenders combined. Rijkaard was one of the pillars under the success of the Sacchi-coached Milan. He won 201 caps with the Milano side - and lifted two Italian and two European championships.

Centre-Midfielder : Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo's lovely style of play, with great short and long passing ability, excellent touch and control of the ball and his set-piece speciality, made him one of the leading exponent of his position. He played for Milan 401 times and was the mind in the midfield of the 2003 and 2007 A.C Milan, which won the Champions League.

Right-Midfielder : Gianni Rivera

Milan and Italy's Golden Boy, Gianni Rivera is one of the Rossoneri's most creative players ever. The 1969 Ballon d'Or winner, has had 658 appereances for the Seria A side - and was known for his excesive dribbling, passing and playmaking abilities. 

Attacking-Midfielder : Ruud Gullit

Gullit was a phenomenal athlete and an incredibly strong, fast and versatile midfielder. His performances with A.C. Milan in 1987 and 1989 gave him the World Football Player of the Year award. Part of the Netherlands trio-partnership in the 80's Milan, Gullit wore the Rossoneri kit 171 times and was a key player in the club's 1988 and 1989 European Cup titles.

Left-Midfielder : Kaka

The Brazilian was Milan's most recent superstar. After only one year of his arrival at the Milano side in 2003, the Brazilian managed to play Rui Costa and Rivaldo out of the team, thanks primarly to his incredible performances in Europe. He was the absolut leader in the 2007 Champions League trophy - and is one of the most loved Milan footballers in recent years.

Centre-Forward : Andriy Shevchenko

The Ukranian striker with the large range of shooting and dribbling, is the second best goalscorer for A.C. Milan, with 175 goals in 322 appearances, a record only beaten by Gunnar Nordahl's 210 in 257 - and is also the Champions League's third top scorer. Shevchenko won one Seria A title and the 2003 Champions League title during his seven-year career for Milan.

Centre-Forward : Marco Van Basten

Van Basten was widely known for his killer instincts as a striker, his elegance and his positioning. A three times European Footballer of the Year, he won 201 caps for Milan and has scored 124 goals. His serious injury at 1995 stopped the wonderful career of Van Basten when he was only 29, but he is nonetheless one of the greatest strikers in the history of football.

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