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Ten of the Best Players in Serie A


A look at 10 of the best Serie A players.

1. Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan & Netherlands)

Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder
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His move from Real Madrid to Inter Milan in 2009 re-ignited Sniejder's career. The Dutchman pulls the strings for club and country, his penetrating runs and passes causing no end of problems for opposition defenses. He also has a deadly free-kick, with Inter reaping the reward of this talent soon after his arrival at San Siro.

2. Maicon (Inter Milan & Brazil)

Inter Milan defender Maicon
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Not for a long time has there been a right-back capable of having so much influence on a game. The Inter Milan defender's forceful runs down the right provide a great avenue of attack, not only for him to cross the ball, but for his teammates who can occupy the space vacated by opposition players trying to arrest Maicon's attacking sorties. He has pace to burn and is also a solid defender. Keeps the outstanding Barcelona right-back Dani Alves out of the Brazil team.

3. Edinson Cavani (Napoli & Uruguay)

Napoli striker Edinson Cavani
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The Uruguayan is now one of Serie A’s blue-chip strikers after several consistent seasons with Palermo and Napoli. At club level, he forms part of an attacking triumvirate that also includes Marek Hamsik and Ezequiel Lavezzi. "El Matador” possesses an explosive finish and has the ability to lead the line effectively, with Hamsik and Lavezzi just behind.

4. Diego Milito (Inter Milan & Argentina)

Inter Milan striker Diego Milito
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Despite an excellent goal-to-game ratio for Genoa and Zaragoza it was not until 2009 that one of soccer’s superpowers made a move for Milito. The transfer was anything but a gamble for Inter, with Milito thriving under Jose Mourinho and finishing top scorer as the Nerazzurri won the treble of Serie A, Champions League and Coppa Italia in 2010. His predatory finishing, impressive workrate and strong line-leading ability means he is one of the first names on the teamsheet.

5. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus & Italy)

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon
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Together with Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, Buffon is thought of my many observers as the best goalkeeper of the last decade. The Juventus custodian has few weaknesses and remains the most expensive goalkeeper in the world following his 2001 move from Parma to Juve.

6. Julio Cesar (Inter Milan & Brazil)

Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar
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Emerged as Brazil's first-choice goalkeeper for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers and the Inter Milan stalwart did not let his country down. Has come back strongly from several high-profile mistakes that blighted him earlier in his career. Together with Buffon, Cesar is considered the best goalkeeper in Serie A.

7. Daniele De Rossi (Roma & Italy)

Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi
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A Roman through and through, De Rossi sweats blood for the Giallorossi cause. He is an accomplished box-to-box midfielder, with the kind of tenacity loved by the Roma supporters. He can pass, score goals and defend, and in 2005 produced an example of sportsmanship all too rare in today’s game. De Rossi scored against Messina, but replays clearly showed he had used his hand to force the ball over the line. He told referee Mauro Bergonzi that he had scored illegally and the goal was disallowed.

8. Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus & Italy)

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini
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Fabio Cannavaro is famous for being an exponent of the classic style of rugged Italian defending, and in Chiellini Italy have a player to carry the baton forwards now that the great man has retired from international duty. The Juventus defender takes few prisoners, is strong in the air and firm in the tackle.

9. Antonio Cassano (AC Milan & Italy)

AC Milan striker Antonio Cassano
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The former enfant terrible of Italian soccer, Cassano looked like he had found piece at Sampdoria after numerous run-ins at previous clubs Bari, Roma and Real Madrid. But in late 2010 he insulted the club's president Riccardo Garrone and was offloaded to Milan. Cassano’s talent has never been up for debate; he is comfortable with either foot and is most effective behind a central striker. He is capable of the sort of spectacular goals and sublime assists that make it a crying shame he has not accumulated more caps for Italy.

10. Marek Hamsik (Napoli & Italy)

Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik
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Hamsik’s strong running from the left coupled with a deadly finish make him one of Napoli’s key players. The buck-toothed Slovakia midfielder is on the radar of many clubs who would be willing to invest large sums in his considerable talents.
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