Two Highly Successful Clubs, both set in Milan, and two of the bitterest rivals on the planet. But, if you were to combine their players, what would the best team be?
GK: Walter Zenga
In 12 wonderful years with Inter Zenga established himself as their greatest ever goalie. He was voted best Goalie in the world by the IFFHS for three years in a row, won Serie
A footballer of the year once plus winning five trophies with the club.
LB: Giacinto Facchetti
The first to be considered an attacking full back , Facchetti spent his entire career with the Nerazzurri, and was only sent off once. That dismissal was not for poor aspects to his defending, but for dissent. This proves his defensive quality. His number 3 shirt has been retired.
CB: Paolo Maldini
A contender for best defender ever, Maldini had it all. Perfect in the tackle, acrobatic in his
clearances and uniquely skillful on the ball, Maldini spent an incredible 24 years with the Rossoneri, appearing 647 times in total.
CB: Franco Baresi
A tough, no nonesense defender, Baresi should not be remembered for missing a penalty in the World Cup final. All strikers feared him in the tackle, and he was part of Milan’s inpenetrable 80’s defence.
Similar to Carlos Alberto in everything but name, Cafu had stamina, pace and crossing ability as well as wonderful defensive positioning, although getting forward was what he really enjoyed.
LM: Ruud Gullit
Although deployed in a more central role for most of his career, Gullit could play on either flank and perform well. Gifted with wonderful vision, quick thinking and amazing dreadlocks, Gullit was an icon of football during the 80’s.
CM: Andrea Pirlo
Pirlo briefly played for Inter, but failed to shine and was offloaded to AC. Here he flourished. He
scored numerous free kicks, is one of the greatest passers the game has seen and also scored a 40-yard thunderbolt against Parma in his last Milan season.
CM: Javier Zanetti
A versatile midfielder/defender, Zanetti has been at Inter for 18 years and is still a quality player at 40-years-of-age. Has captained them to trophy after trophy and has appeared 606 times.
The Brazilian shone like no one else in his time at Inter. Sadly his later Milan career did not
live up to it. A perfect forward with strength, pace, skill and accuracy, he beat the likes of Zidane and Bergkamp to win the 1997 Ballon D’or at Inter, and was second the following year.
ST: Andriy Shevchenko
7 Years at Milan. 208 appearances. 127 goals. The majority were fantastic too. Solo goals, long shots, free kicks, volleys, he had them all. Sadly, his career was ruined by a wash-out transfer to Chelsea. Yet he should be remembered for his Milan magic.
ST: Marco Van Basten
It is one of football’s greatest tragedies that Marco Van Basten was forced to retire at 28 due to an ankle injury. Famed for his trademark bicycle kick, Van Basten scored 90 goals in 147 Milan apps. Not just tap-ins either, but many simply brilliant.
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