The three greatest players I saw in my career were Messi, Maradona and him [Ronaldo Nazario],” Paolo Maldini has said in the O Fenomeno documentary.
This seems to be a wise reply – two most technically gifted players ever and arguably the best striker in history when in prime.
Interestingly, Leo Messi hadn’t ever played against Paolo Maldini. When a reporter once remarked that the Argentine was ‘lucky’ not to do it, the Italian legend replied: “No, no, I was lucky. Thank god he was injured.”
Maldini is an AC Milan legend who made over 900 appearances for the Rossoneri and remained loyal to the club throughout the whole career.