8. Paolo Maldini – AC Milan
There can be only one – the Maldini name has been closely linked to the club for decades because of Paolo’s father but when he arrived he completely redefined what loyalty means: 31 is the incredible number of years Milan’s legendary number 3 has worked up and down the left defensive side.
He has not only earned his status among the all-time greats to ever play the game because of the impressive longitude of his career but also through being one of the most decorated superstars of all time with 27 titles including 7 national championships, 2 European Cups, 3 Champions League Titles, 1 Italian National Cup trophy and many more.
After his retirement, Maldini was approached by several top clubs to be their manager, but it took no time for him to say no. He is widely regarded as a true leader, and therefore, nicknamed ‘Il Capitano.