Nesta praises Maldini for the ‘miracle’ he has worked at Milan

By Oliver Fisher -

Former defender Alessandro Nesta has praised AC Milan director and old team-mate Paolo Maldini for the value he has added to the club’s project.

The strength of Milan’s vision has been discussed at length in the wake of their Scudetto win last season, in which the Rossoneri managed to end their title drought despite not spending the most on the transfer market and having a lower wage budget than that of their rivals.

Now, Milan have an exciting young core with players such as Fikayo Tomori, Pierre Kalulu, Theo Hernandez, Ismael Bennacer, Sandro Tonali and Rafael Leao, all of whom were purchased from other clubs for fees not considered exorbitant in today’s market.

Speaking on the sidelines of the event at the VAR centre in Lissone, Nesta was asked about the season Milan are having so far and what he thinks of the current state that the club are in, with his comments relayed by

“It’s a very interesting project, I follow the work of my friend Paolo Maldini who is one of the architects of this miracle,” he said.

“A miracle in the sense that once upon a time a lot was spent, while today you have to look for a youngster and understand that in a few years he will have a certain potential and a certain value. And Milan are doing this very well. And then they have players who are functional to Pioli’s ideas.”

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  1. No offense to the great Sando Nesta, but the architect of this Milan project is or was none other than Ivan Gazidis.
    He is the one who implemented this new way of working.
    He didn’t hire Ragnick like he wanted to, because of the run Milan under Pioli went on after the break in 2020, but he forced Milan directors to work based on Ragnick philosophy of investing in young unknown, cheap talented players instead of already established overpaid players.
    Gazidis hired Moncada, who is the one scouting and finding those unknown gems.
    I get that Maldini is his friend, but give credit where credit is due. Milan prosperity on and off the field is mostly thanks to Gazidis, his vision, and his leadership.

  2. Love Gazidis. The only thing that still leaves a bitter taste is on how things ended with Boban.

    But lots (and lots) of credits are well deserved for Maldini too. Not only he’s taking care of managerial things, he’s also fully taking charge in technical aspects (and beyond) in attending almost all the training sessions, giving valuable inputs for players and coaches. Simply he’s always there. Obviously it’s something beyond his payroll. How many times that we hear players feel honored and pride only by his presence. That’s something the others simply can’t offer. He transmits the value of wearing Milan’s shirt and how champions are made. He’s a symbol. He breathes Milan. He’s Milan (to some extent).

    Obviously he’s not perfect. He’s new on this role. And knowing Maldini, there’s nothing but a room to grow for him in the future.

  3. 100% agreed with you@ibrahim ba,most especially the last paragraph of your comment.let us be reminding him of his failure or inability to sign quality players that can take us to next level and be more competitive.

  4. Firstly, Maldini also influenced Gazidis in getting him to buy in to having experienced players working alongside youth to help them grow which is in direct contrast to Ragnick’s philosophy. If you are feeling like we are becoming a feeder club now it would be 100 times worse with Ragnick.

    Secondly, saying Maldini is failing because he is unable to keep players or sell them for a fee is ridiculous when you don’t know the parameters he has to work with and even if he has made mistakes, his poor management / choices with keeping or signing players has still brought us back to the champions league after not participating in it for 8 or 9 years and won us our first scudetto in 10 years.

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