15. Franco Baresi
Baresi won six Serie A titles – his first at 18 years old and his last at 36. He captained Arrigo Sacchi’s magnificent side of the late 80s and early 90s that won consecutive European Cups and another four years later. At one of European football’s greatest clubs, the supporters voted him as their player of the century in 1999. He wore Milan’s armband for no fewer than 15 seasons.
His ability to nullify the world’s best attackers and switch from defense to attack in an instant drew comparisons with Franz Beckenbauer. He was the most important part of arguably the best defense the game has ever seen – Baresi, Maldini, Costacurta, and Tassotti.
Career highlight: In the November 1989 Milan derby, Baresi played over an hour with a broken arm after a kick from Jurgen Klinsmann of Inter. Milan won 3-0.