The Greatest Defensive Midfielders In The History Of Serie A

By Peter C March 22, 2021

Historically, Italians are known for their defensive setup and discipline. This has helped build their teams into the most formidable and solid sides in history. Their mental awareness and technical abilities distinguish them. Let us take you through a list of some of the most iconic defensive midfielders in Serie A history.

Daniele De Rossi (AS Roma)

The Roma legend made over 600 appearances for the Italian club, placing 4th in the highest appearances ranking for the Giallorossi.

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He was great at terminating opponents attacking forays while possessing unbelievable passing ability.

Edgar Davids (Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan)

Having achieved enviable success at Ajax, he moved to Italy, where he solidified himself as one of the most iconic defensive midfielders of all time.

Franco Baresi (AC Milan)

It will be a great injustice if this enigmatic and energetic man is not included in this list. He was at AC Milan for 13 years, where he won several trophies. He was also a core member of Italy’s world cup-winning team in 2006.

Marco Tardelli (Inter Milan and Juventus)

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He won the World Cup with the Azurri in 1982 and many major titles with Juventus. He was very versatile and adamant.

Luis Monti (Juventus)

At the 1930 and 1934 World Cups, Monti represented both Argentina and Italy, respectively. He played in a position that could be considered a cross between a playmaker and a defensive midfielder. Among many defensive midfielders in history, he is one of the most respected.