CM: Messias fends off Saelemaekers and Ziyech to earn the management’s trust

By Oliver Fisher -

Junior Messias is now the number one man on the right flank for Stefano Pioli and his preseason impacted AC Milan’s mercato plans, a report claims. recalls how Messias had two battles to win: first of all to earn a permanent move from Crotone to Milan after his initial loan, and then to fend off Alexis Saelemaekers plus the various transfer rumours to earn and keep a place on the right wing.

He scored important goals last season such as the brace against Genoa, at home against Roma and of course against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, but he has understood that the time has come to take the big leap.

Paolo Maldini’s choice to buy him from Crotone for €4.5m certainly made the Brazilian some peace of mind and the feeling that he has the backing of both the management and the coach.

It is for this reason (plus economic factors) that Milan decided not to invest in Hakim Ziyech, who was not an alternative to Charles De Ketelaere but rather was a concrete option for the right side.

Last year, Messias amassed 1426 minutes spread across 26 appearances, but was behind Saelemaekers who played the most (1864 minutes in 36 appearances). This year he wants to change the hierarchies and has started on the right foot.

Tags AC Milan Hakim Ziyech Junior Messias


    1. Useless? Hey dumbass, last season he made 6 goals and 3 assists and all of those are important especially the goal against Atletico that gave Milan hope to qualify from the group and assists for Leao goal against Atalanta.

      On the other hand, fans like you are useless, toxic, and disrespectful 👎👎

    1. Could not agree more. Messias is a fine backup but not starting caliber for a club that (allegedly) aspires yo win CL again. Again I blame ownership for giving us such a small (by market standards) budget that M&M have to skimp and choose between re-signing Messias or going after a much more dynamic player in Ziyech. We should be able to sign both imo.

      1. I would have also made sense to sign Ziyech so atleast Saele could pick up some stuff from him too and fight for that RW spot against a top winger. Imo rn there’s not enough high end competition for that starting RW spot

        1. But hey, there’s a kid hanging around this site saying that Milan shouldn’t play Diaz as he’s a Madrid player and only on loan for Milan so I guess Milan shouldn’t loan any other players either then. That should include Ziyech too.

  1. Messias is (for whatever reason) Maldini’s own indulgence. We could hear the story that he’s very attracted to Messias before he even had a role as a director in Milan. Well, let’s hope the trust gonna pay off. With the permanent transfer hopefully he can have a more peaceful mind and performance, like the case with Tonali.

  2. I, for one, prefer Saladmaker.

    At least, Alexis can defend. One of the 2 goals scored by Udinese last week is for him. He watched the guy centre without even pretending to stir a finger. It’s unfortunately not the first time.

    The snag is also that Messias is highly inconsistent.

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  4. Not on technical decision ,just because his price low 4,5m euro & salary 1m euro nett, it is pure economic decision compare to sign top RW. I still hoping AC Milan can loan ziyech & benched this junior. There is nothing upgrade from our RW with junior & lord salad maker , even suso with castilejo better than our RW now

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