Category: "Italy"

47. Alessandro Del Piero

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Alex Del Piero Sydney FC

Regarded as one of the best Italian players of his generation, Alessandro Del Piero played for Juventus for 19 years and holds the club record for appearances with 705 official games and the record for goals with 290.

Two times Italian football player of the year (1998 and 2008), Del Piero won six Serie A titles (five times runner-up) and one Champions League in 1995-96 (finalist in 1996-97, 1997-98 and 2002-03).

Due to his performances with Juventus, he finished fourth in the Ballon d’Or twice (1995 and 1996).

With the Italian national team, Del Piero played in three different World Cups, winning one in 2006, as well as in four European Championships.

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41. Alessandro Costacurta

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Alessandro Costacurta is regarded by many as one of the greatest defenders in history due to his versatility. Together with other Milan defensive players including Maldini and Baresi, he formed one of the best defensive units of all time.

Playing for Milan throughout his twenty year career, he participated in all Milan’s victories of this period including seven Serie A titles (1987-88, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1998-99 and 2003-04) and five Champions Leagues (1988–89, 1989–90, 1993–94, 2002–03 and 2006–07).

On 19 May 2007 Costacurta broke the Serie A record for the oldest goalscorer in Serie A at 41 years and 25 days.

With Italy, Costacurta played 59 games and reached the final of the 1994 World Cup largely thanks to strong performances in defence with his team mate Maldini.

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14. Paolo Maldini

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Paolo Maldini

Paolo Maldini

Paolo Maldini has one of the most impressive lists of club honours in football history.

He spent all 25 years of his career at Serie A club AC Milan playing 647 Serie A games (a record) and 139 matches in the Champions League in a 902 game career.

Maldini is one of the best defenders of all time due to his superb vision and a calm mind indicated by his receiving just one red card during his entire career, a rare achievement for a defender.

“The Captain” won seven Serie A titles, five Champions Leagues (3 times finalist) and thirteen other trophies.

With Italy, he played 126 games and reached the final of the European Championship in 2000 and the final of the World Cup in 1994.

AC Milan retired the number 3 shirt at the end of the 2008-2009 season. Only a son of Maldini family will be allowed to wear it.

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