10. Paolo Maldini
Maldini is the class defender amongst a history of excellent Italian defensive players. From a club standpoint, Maldini won 26 trophies with A.C. Milan. He captained Italy’s national team 74 times, and played in four World Cup tournaments. His ability to marshall a stanch defensive unit was simply superb. Maldini was excellent in the air, skilled with his feet, and read the game wonderfully well.
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