Cafu claims Milan are missing players with Champions League experience

By Euan Burns -

Former AC Milan defender Cafu has listed some of the club’s greatest-ever players when asked what the current Rossoneri side is missing. 

Speaking during an interview with Il Messaggero (via Radio Rossonera), the Brazilian legend showed that he does not hold many of the current players in high esteem when compared to those he played with in the past.

The former Roma man was asked what this current team is missing when it comes to going further in Europe and winning the Serie A title, and he jokingly rattled off some of the biggest names to ever play for the club.

“Dida, Cafu, Nesta, Maldini, Gattuso, Pirlo, Seedorf, Kaka, Shevchenko, Inzaghi are missing. Come on, now we’re joking,” Cafu said.

He then explained his thought process a little further, adding that there are not enough players that have gathered the sort of experience you get from going far in European competitions regularly.

“But it’s to say that they’re missing that type of player. And maybe Milan are missing players with experience, which you acquire by playing in the Champions League and European cups,” he said.

Milan have not won the Champions League since 2007 but the Rossoneri did make it to the semi-final in 2022/23, where Inter put in a dominant display to ensure it was they who reached the final against Manchester City.

One of Paulo Fonseca’s biggest tasks will be to make sure that Milan put in a respectable display in the Champions League and preferably reach a knockout round.

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  1. Ah yes Paulo Fonseca aka the Champions League killer. 20 games played in his entire career (7W, 5D, 8L), the last one being in 2018 with Shaktar.

  2. The dream would be van dijk- he has champions league experience and he idolizes some of the old ac Milan defenders and he’s 30-40m which is the exact price we’re selling Thiaw for so it’s perfect
    But sadly this club isn’t smart enough. Maybe if maldini was still around

    1. Don’t get me wrong as I like the player but he is 32 years old and comes with an annual salary of 11.4 mil GBP pr. year. He wouldn’t join us now or while Maldini was at the club as we simply doesn’t pay such salaries to any players at the club.

  3. Earth to Cafu? Where have you been dude, don’t you know we’re a grooming club now? We’re more into re-sell profit and capital gains now so 4th will be just fine.

    Partial /s

  4. Cafu must be living elsewhere. We only buy Chelsea players, free, on loan , or nobody wants to buy players.
    Also our targets that we lost weifer veiga thuram Guirassy calafiori prolly Emerson royale and fofana and zirkzee David this team keep getting worst every season. This must be the only management that scout players that could be good they wait and they wait and in the end they lost them all and buy players that aren’t improve the squad and the team quality stays the same which is wild to think we are competing for trophies

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