GdS: Every Milan player’s rating for the 2020-21 season – 9 the highest and 6 the lowest

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan’s 2020-21 campaign has finally come to a close after a real rollercoaster ride that saw the team finish second in the table.

La Gazzetta dello Sport have given their verdict on every AC Milan player to play in the 2020-21 season with a rating out of 10. Starting with Stefano Pioli, he got a 9 for being ‘the heart of this enterprise’ and helping the Rossoneri out of a nightmare in 19 months.

Antonio Donnarumma got a N/A due to the fact he didn’t play a minute all season. His younger brother Gianluigi Donnarumma got an 8 for winning points ‘like a centre-forward’ and for ‘normalising miracles’, though it seems set to be his last season at the club. A 6.5 went to Ciprian Tatarusanu after recovering from a bad debut against Roma.

Moving on to defenders, Davide Calabria scored an 8 after ‘monstrous growth’ and it is harsh he has not been summoned for the Euros. Diogo Dalot got a 6 for showing ‘talent’ but a ‘lack of consistency’. Matteo Gabbia received a 6 too, mainly because we didn’t see much of him due to a knee injury.

A 7.5 went to Theo Hernandez who would have got an 8 but for his defensive lapses, but he functions as ‘an added attacker’ due to the danger he poses. A 6.5 was given to Pierre Kalulu who ‘made himself useful’ but then ‘disappeared from radar’ after Spring.

An 8 goes to Simon Kjaer as the ‘man of experience’ and ‘point of reference for the team: “constant, concentrated, always a leader.” Alessio Romagnoli gets a 6 after finishing the season as a reserve, and the captain ‘will now have to reflect on the future’. Finally, loanee Fikayo Tomori got an 8 as he ‘quickly adapted to Serie A’ and was ‘fast, powerful, attentive and dangerous even in attack’.

In midfield, a 7 goes to Ismael Bennacer who had ‘a few too many muscle injuries’ but showed his importance often. A 7.5
went to Hakan Calhanoglu as the ‘talent is there to see’ but consistency is lacking, and he could have played his last games for Milan. Brahim Diaz gets a 7 but his ‘season finale could be worth 8’.

Franck Kessie gets a 9 out of 10 and the title of MVP of the Rossoneri season for being ‘omnipresent’ and showing ‘power in all areas of the field’: “He did not feel the pressure, putting Milan on his shoulders and honouring the nickname of ‘The President’ with an absolute top-level performance”.

Rade Krunic got a 6.5 mostly for his free-kick kick in Verona, a pearl that Milan needed. Soualiho Meite got a 6 as ‘he was able to make a significant contribution, albeit without major flashes’. Alexis Saelemaekers receives a 7.5 as ‘Pioli never gave up on him’ as ‘he gives a lot in other aspects of the game’.

Sandro Tonali received a 6 because in what is described as an ‘apprenticeship season’ with the paper urging fans to ‘have calm and patience’. A 6 was awarded to Samu Castillejo too as he tried but made little impact. A 6.5 goes to Jens Petter Hauge, with his goal against Sampdoria being his last contributions but one with an ‘incalculable weight on the morale of the team’.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic gets a 7.5 for being ‘devastating as long as his body and muscles held up’ but ‘his contribution is measured above all in terms of leadership’. Rafael Leao gets a 6 for playing multiple roles but having a difficult 2021 after a good first half of the season.

Daniel Maldini and Mario Mandzukic were not given a score as they did not play enough, but Ante Rebic gets a 7.5 for his ‘fantastic goals, like those in Parma and Juve’.

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1 Comment

  1. Close, but here’s more accurate ratings:

    Donna – 8, Calabria – 8.5, Kjaer – 8.5, Tomori – 7.5, Theo – 8, Bennacer – 6.5, Kessie 9, Alexis – 7, Hakan – 6.5, Rebic – 7.5, Ibra – 8.5 (when healthy he gets a 9+ and season MVP, no Ibra 100% no CL, he has changed the mindset of our team which is worth it’s weight in gold, we changed last year when Ibra came and once he hit his big injury spell and we didn’t have him for most of the second half of the season that’s when we played like a mid-lower table team).

    Leao – 5.5, Meite – 5.5, Dalot – 6.5, Kalulu – 6, Tonali – 6/6.5, Krunic – 5.5. Romagnoli – 6. Gabbia – 7 (should have seen him more, future Milan CB pairing of Gabbia-Tomori?? I like it). Hauge – 6/6.5. Tatarusanu – 6.5, Samu – 5.5.

    Pioli – 6.5 (we got CL thanks to Ibra’s influence but can’t give Pioli a bad rating while getting 2nd in the league. However if we lose the last game and get 5th then I would have given Pioli a 4 for the season since he started well but the second half of the season, when real coaching was necessary Pioli did not show any ingenuity and seemed scared and timid and would continuously make bad subs that would not only have no positive impact but often had negative impact). I would keep Pioli if there’s no top manager out there but right now Sarri is available so I’d gladly take Sarri, I know we won’t though. Awful thing is that if we keep Pioli I bet he’ll try to keep his 2 best friends Meite and Krunic which are so obviously not Milan quality… imagine subbing on Meite and Krunic in CL… yeah…

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