Watch: Saelemaekers insists Leao has Ballon d’Or potential and discusses best and worst of team-mates

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan winger Alexis Saelemaekers has claimed that Rafael Leao has the potential to win the Ballon d’Or, and crowned his funniest team-mates.

Saelemaekers joined the club from Anderlecht back in January 2020 as somewhat of an unknown quantity but has now established himself as a key member of not only the starting XI but the dressing room as well, forming part of a young dressing room.

Interviewed by Eleven Sport Belgium, Saelemaekers answered several questions relating to his team-mates, with his comments transcribed by MilanNews.

The funniest: “Theo Hernandez is someone who makes you laugh a lot. He’s a little comedian.”

The most pure talent: “Rafael Leao. I have already told him several times that, if he wants, he can win the Ballon d’Or.”

The hardest trainer: “Zlatan Ibrahimovic, without a shadow of a doubt. It is impressive. It doesn’t matter if on the pitch or in the gym, he always gives one hundred percent, Even Theo is one who gives a lot.”

Worst music: “I think the worst music is Rebic’s. Listen to Croatian songs that don’t fit my tastes.”

Worst dancer: “I was about to say, without hesitation, Gigio Donnarumma, but he went away. But I can tell you that I’ve never seen someone dance so badly. Now I would say that the worst is Calabria.”

Best dresser: “Apart from me, of course, I would say that Leao is someone who dresses well”.

Best friend: “I have many, but if I have to name names I would say Theo Hernandez and Olivier Giroud.”

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  1. if leao is ballon d’or material he have to prove it, if he is lazy then he is just another balotelli. ballotelli was impressive without breaking a sweat leao have to work hard giving it all for every dribble to change the game he can be a ballon d’or he has quality and create moment of magic sometimes, eg: against fiorentina, but you have to prove it. they had to sell hauge to keep you, he has scored more goals than you so this should be your season or you are just lazy and another balotelli story.

  2. leo can be; that depends on him and the coach. Just like CR7, Ferguson did a lot of psychic work on him(change him from a dribbler to a goal machine.
    Milan aren’t ready for this season if they don’t buy a natural DM unless Tomori is put there in training until he adapts and the best of salemaker is on the left side based on the squad we have.

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