Paolo Maldini: Sergio Ramos and Thiago Silva the best defenders


Iconic defender Maldini amassed over 900 appearances for the San Siro-based outfit, where he spent his entire career and won 126 caps for Italy.

The former Azzurri captain has certainly earned the right to make such statements, often being touted himself as the greatest defender of his generation.

Maldini told the Grant Wahl Planet Futbol podcast: "Sergio Ramos is very good, but sometimes he forgets about defending. He's a great player though, he has skill and he can score.

"I also like Thiago Silva, he plays for PSG so you don't see the French League too often in Italy, we don't see their league games very often but I remember him when he was at Milan."

Maldini was also asked about the most difficult opponents he faced during his illustrious career.

"As for best opponent, I have to say [Diego] Maradona. Because he was Maradona. And also on the pitch he was a very nice guy, very respectful.

"After him, maybe Ronaldo, the Brazilian, the two years he played for Inter before his injury he was very, very, very good," he added. "Also I played against [Zinedine] Zidane, [Michel] Platini... they were good."