Which clubs have the best players?
It is not always easy to find the best in Italian football, but it is often easier to find a player with a strong, versatile and dynamic personality than the typical ‘buzz’ and ‘lonely’ figure that is a typical player on a European or international level.
However, the Italian Super Cup and the Champions League are the two big events in which the game of football has the greatest opportunity to showcase the talents of the Italian footballing elite.
We take a look at some of the best of Italian football’s current and former stars, as well as the other Serie A clubs who have had an impact on the game over the years.
Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus) This Italian legend was a star of the Juventus team during his time at the club.
The 24-year-old was the first of Juve’s five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who won the Champions Leagues twice and the Coppa Italia twice.
He also captained the Bianconeri in a successful campaign in 2013-14.
The former Juventus captain was the top scorer in Serie A in 2013/14, with 22 goals and 16 assists, and helped the club reach the Champions Trophy semi-finals, where they lost to Real Madrid.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) Real Madrid is the best team in the world, and it is no surprise that Ronaldo has been one of the most sought-after players in Europe over the past decade.
The Portuguese is a key figure for the club and they have a player who has played an incredible amount of football.
He is currently on loan at Real Madrid from Manchester United and is expected to return to the Bernabeu in the summer.
Thiago Alcantara (Paris Saint-Germain) Alcantara is one of Europe’s most popular players.
He has won the Ballon D’Or nine times, the Copa del Rey twice and is currently the top goal scorer in France with 22 league goals.
He is the player most fans look for to lead the PSG attack, with many being quick to praise his qualities.
Andrea Pirlo (Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan) Pirlo is a legend in Italy.
The striker is widely regarded as one of Italy’s best midfielders and the world’s best passer.
He won two Ballon de Dios and a La Liga title in 2010/11, the Champions and Coppa italia, and also won the World Cup in 2011.
Pivotal to his success was his incredible dribbling ability, which allowed him to win the ball back in attack or create an opportunity for teammates to score.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) Manchester City’s world-class striker scored over 20 goals in a season for the first time last season.
His pace, skill and physicality are unparalleled, making him one of football’s best in the current era.
He scored 30 goals in all competitions last season, more than any other player in the Premier League.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) The Swedish striker was one of many great goalscorers in the last decade, but is one who was only ever a member of one club, AC Barcelona.
Ibrahimovic was a standout in the 2011/12 Champions League final against Chelsea, scoring the winner, with the assist, which came as a huge surprise.
Ibrahimović is one the most prolific goal scorers in European football, having scored at least 25 goals in 12 different seasons.
Nani (Paris St-Gynès) Paris St Germain has a tradition of great goals, and they can be attributed to the club’s great manager, Michel Vorm.
The Algerian international was a key player for the St Germains in the 2002-03 season and won the UEFA Cup twice.
Luis Suarez (Liverpool) Liverpool’s world class striker has won trophies and has had a fantastic career.
He joined Liverpool in 2005 and has scored over 30 goals.
He was named Player of the Year in 2010 and is a major success.
Sergio Ramos (Manchester Utd) Ramiro Gómez is a Spanish football legend and one of Spain’s greatest ever players.
The left-back was the starting left-sided midfielder for Real Madrid in the early 2000s and is the leading goalscorer in La Liga history.
Andrea Agnelli (Covari) An Italian midfielder who has been a key part of the team for decades, Andrea Agazzi has scored more than 50 goals in four different seasons with Juventus.
He played for Milan and Milan was the biggest club in Italy in the late 1990s, and Agazzu is currently a Serie A player.
Marco Asensio (Juve) Italy’s most famous centre-back,