4. Paolo Maldini
The peerless Maldini played for his beloved AC Milan for more than two decades, and also collected quite a few trophies in the process. He won the European Cup 5 times, and finished runner-up on two more occasions. He also won 7 serie A titles with Milan.
Maldini’s longevity as a footballer is quite exceptional undoubtedly, and very few footballers can match him in terms of success in club football. Maldini played in 902 matches for Milan overall, and scored 33 goals. He was also quite possibly the finest left-back in the history of the game, and also played as a central defender in the twilight of his career.
However, he could not win any international honour with the Italian national team. Italy lost in the finals of World Cup 1994 and Euro 2000, and Maldini ended up with 126 international caps in his remarkable career.
Maldini was quite good with his overlapping runs, and his crossing was effective too. He also a good aerial presence and remained a clean tackler. He thwarted many great forwards with his anticipation and positional sense — indeed,one of the greatest Italian footballers of all time.