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Alexi Lalas by ALIREZA

Alexi LALAS

Central Defender

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Overall RATING
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Attacking Skills
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Playmaking
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Defending Skills

Other Positions

RM – –

190cm x 88kg; Right Footed; Prime 1993 – 1998

Physical Skills

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Acceleration
72%
Agility
68%
Balance
68%
Jump
82%
Natural Fitness
80%
Speed
73%
Stamina
78%
Strength
88%

Technical Skills

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Ball Control
68%
Dribbling
70%
Free Kicks
62%
Heading
83%
Long Passing
68%
Shooting Accuracy
55%
Shooting Power
76%
Shooting Technique
58%
Short Passing
70%

Tactical Skills

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Defensive Positioning
83%
Off the ball
60%
Teamwork
73%

Mental Skills

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Anticipation
77%
Concentration
76%
Consistency
75%
Determination
85%
Leadership
82%
Vision
68%

Attacking Skills

Finishing
48%

Defensive Skills

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Marking
83%
Sliding
81%
Tackling
84%

Info Box

– A tall and strong defender with good defensive qualities

– Dives into tackles
– Mark his opponents tightly

Additional Skills

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Crossing
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Creativity
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Penalties
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Versatility

Club Teams

Nat. Team

Milan
Italy

Club Apps: 902
Club Goals: 33
Club G/A: 0,03

Career Span: 25 years
Number: 3

Nat Apps: 126
Nat Goals: 7
Nat G/A: 0,05

Career Span: 14 years
Number: 3

Club Teams

Club Apps: 902
Club Goals: 33
Club G/A: 0,03

Career Span: 25 years
Number: 3

 

Nat. Team

Nat Apps: 126
Nat Goals: 7
Nat G/A: 0,05

Career Span: 14 years
Number: 3

Club Teams

Club Apps: 902
Club Goals: 33
Club G/A: 0,03

Career Span: 25 years
Number: 3

 

Nat. Team

Nat Apps: 126
Nat Goals: 7
Nat G/A: 0,05

Career Span: 14 years
Number: 3

Let's dig deeper

The Milan squad where a nascent Maldini first made his mark was a far cry from the club’s more recent incarnations. This was a distinctly different era.

In May 1980, the Lega Calcio’s disciplinary commission sanctioned Milan’s demotion to Serie B amidst a tumultuous soccer betting scandal. This upheaval led to the sale of numerous key players and a strategic pivot towards nurturing young talent.

The team made its triumphant return to Serie A in 1983, propelled by a cadre of youthful prodigies, including the likes of Baresi, already donning the captain’s armband, along with Filippo Galli, Tassotti, and Evani. This squad was predominantly Italian, a reflection of the era’s regulations which only permitted the inclusion of one foreign player in 1980, later expanded to two in 1982.

Milan’s inaugural season back in Serie A (1983 – 1984) was somewhat underwhelming, culminating in an 8th place finish, not least due to the underperformance of their foreign signee, Luther Blissett.

During this challenging period, two pivotal shifts occurred that would indelibly shape the Rossoneri’s trajectory. Veteran tactician Nils Liedholm took the helm, and a young, 16-year-old Paolo Maldini ascended to the first team, initially filling in as right-back in place of Mauro Tassotti. Liedholm, discerning Maldini’s potential, soon made him a fixture in the starting lineup.

The club’s fortunes were dramatically reshaped in 1986 with the advent of Silvio Berlusconi’s presidency. His leadership, marked by financial acumen, global communication strategies, and astute management decisions, reinvigorated Milan’s international prestige.

Sacchi and Capello
In the ensuing years, Milan, bolstered by a robust core, grew formidable with strategic acquisitions, notably the Dutch trio. Under Sacchi, Milan’s playstyle underwent a revolutionary transformation, which Capello later refined by fortifying the defense and midfield. This less flamboyant yet more pragmatic approach further solidified their dominance. Throughout this era, Maldini, a paragon of defensive mastery, was a constant on the flank. His hallmarks were his remarkable consistency, defensive acumen, and the ability to seamlessly transition between offense and defense, making him an irreplaceable pillar alongside Baresi, Costacurta, and Tassotti in what many regard as the finest defense in football history.

The post-Capello years posed challenges for Maldini, stirring thoughts of moving to another club.

Carlo Ancelotti
However, Ancelotti’s tenure revitalized both Milan and Maldini, restoring their winning ways and international stature. Maldini, now a seasoned veteran, transitioned to center-back, where his football intelligence led to a resurgence in his performance.

Why is Maldini esteemed as the finest defender in history?
The reasons are manifold. He was an exceptionally complete player, devoid of any discernible weaknesses. His speed, physical prowess, aerial ability, technical skill, professionalism, respect from peers and rivals, versatility, and preeminent defensive instincts (tackling, sliding, marking) set him apart. Moreover, his rare consistency and minimal error rate across decades underscore why Paolo Maldini is heralded as the ultimate defensive maestro.

Chairman
Giuseppe Farina (1982 – 1986)
Silvio Berlusconi (1986 – 2008)

Managers
Nils Liedholm (1984 – 1987)
Arrigo Sacchi (1987 – 1991)
Fabio Capello (1991 – 1996)
Arrigo Sacchi (1996 – 1997)
Alberto Zaccheroni (1998 – 2001)
Carlo Ancelotti (2001 – 2009)

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DoB
26 June 1968

Youth career
Milan (1978 – 1984)

Maldini’s Club debut
Udinese-Milan (20/1/1985) – 16 years old

Maldini’s Nat. debut
Jugoslavia – Italy (31/3/1988) – 19 years old

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Honors

Serie A: 7

Coppa Italia:
1
Supercoppa Italiana:
1

Champion’s League: 5
Uefa Super Cup: 4
Intercontinental Cup: 2
Fifa Club World Cup: 1

902

33

126

7

Club Apps

Club Goals

Nat Apps

Nat Goals

Milan

Debut:
Career Span:

Italy