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Best AC Milan Players in 2021

Tue 21 September 2021 | 7:30

AC Milan is number four in the Serie A based on detailed performance statistics. The squad has two players listed in the top 10 rankings. Read on to find out more about the best AC Milan players in 2021.

It’s time to take a closer look at the best performers from the Rossoneri.

AC Milan

are currently sitting second at the table much to the delight of their thirsty fan base after the long sorrowful years.

Stefano Pioli have successfully molded a young and dynamic side that is able to go all the way in the Scudetto race against their historical rivals Inter and Juventus.

AC Milan had a satisfying season in 2020/21: they placed 2nd in the Serie A behind Inter and got themselves the qualification to take part in the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League after more than half a decade.

Moreover, on 5th of the November 2020, the club tasted its first defeat in 24 matches with a 0–3 loss at home to the French side Lille in the Europa League. It was the club's longest unbeaten streak in 24 years.

In addition to their manager,

Stefano Pioli

, who has had a significant effect on AC Milan's performance after the COVID – 19 pandemic, the players have also been very decisive in the club's return to the list of UCL clubs.

One of these players is the Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose return to Milan in the January of 2020 from "MLS" was the redemption Rossoneri was seeking for years. The great Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the club’s top scorer across all competitions last season even though he missed much of the season due to injuries.

Moreover, there have been a number of other players whose role in AC Milan’s not-so-bad season has been more remarkable than the others. We have gone through

AC Milan Detailed squad 21/22

, and we have chosen some of their best players throughout the said season.

Best AC Milan Players in 2021:

Stay with us to take a look at some of the

best Milan players in 2021

, and to have a brief overview on their performances as well as the numbers they recorded. Keep reading to find out more about AC Milan best players in squad 2020/2021.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

  • Full name: Zlatan Ibrahimović

  • Date of birth: 3 October 1981 (age 40)

  • Place of birth: Malmö, Sweden

  • Height: 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)

  • Position(s): Striker

As mentioned earlier, the 39 – year – old striker,

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

was AC Milan's top scorer of the season by scoring a total of 17 goals within 27 matches. He also provided 3 assists.

Of those 17 goals, 15 have been scored in the Serie A while Zlatan had played in only 19 matches, meaning he recorded the league's 3rd – best minute/goal ratio with 99 minutes/ goal, which is extraordinary considering Zlatan is 40 years old! 

The Swedish man joined AC Milan in the January of 2020 from the United States club

LA Galaxy

, and this return which happened after nearly 8 years, was the key event in AC Milan's "resurrection". Milan fans have knotted their hopes to Zlatan's presence in the squad for 2021/22 season.

 Ibrahimovic won the Scudetto with the Rossoneri during his first spell at the club, from 2010 to 2012.

"I remember arriving in this same spot many years ago," said Ibrahimovic. "What matters now is that I'm back and I'm happy.

"I've always said this is my home and I'm finally back. I've played for other teams in my years, but finally I'm back and that's all that matters.”

When he was asked if he had a message for the club's supporters, Ibrahimovic reiterated, "I'm back, finally.

"I'm eager to see the fans at San Siro, to make the stadium jump with joy again.”

Ibrahimovic signed a one-year extension at AC Milan in April this year But reports in France claim he explored the possibility of returning to PSG The Swede scored 156 goals and won four Ligue 1 titles at the Parc des Princes but talks with PSG proved to be inconclusive and made him stay at Milan.

He reportedly set to earn around €7 million (£6m/$8m) over the course of the deal after shining in Serie A last season. It has been reported the new deal, which will keep the 38-year-old at San Siro until the summer of 2021, will earn him around €7 million (£6m/$8m).

Hakan Calhanoglu

  • Full name: Hakan Calhanoglu

  • Date of birth: 8 February 1994 (age 27)

  • Place of birth: Mannheim, Germany

  • Height: 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)

  • Position(s): Attacking midfielder

It wasn’t until 2020 that

Hakan Çalhanoğlu

fully showcased his talent in Italian soccer. Moreover, the Turkish midfielder was indubitably one of the

best Milan players in 2021

. He featured in 33 Serie A matches, scored 4 goals and provided 9 assists.

He played a notable role in the club finishing in the 2nd place and qualifying for the UEFA Champions League. However, the 27 – year – old player lost his place in AC Milan fans' hearts as he made a move to Rossoneri's eternal rival, Inter, at the end of 2020/21 season.

As confirmed by Italian transfer market expert Gianluca di Marzio, at Inter Çalhanoğlu signed a €5 million/year ($5.9 million) deal, which included another €1 million ($1.2 million) in performance bonuses.

Çalhanoğlu arrived in Italy in the summer of 2017, when he signed a four-year contract with AC Milan after three campaigns in Germany with Bundesliga side Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Before the Turkey international’s move to

Inter

, Milan made several attempts to extend Çalhanoğlu’s stay at the club. They offered a €1.5 million increase to his current €2.5 million annual salary, a raise that was going to put him on a €4 million/year ($4.8 million) net wage.

Inter chose Çalhanoğlu to fill the midfield spot that Christian Eriksen will have to temporarily leave vacant due to serious health complications that occurred during the UEFA Euro 2020 group stage.

Ex-AC Milan director Massimiliano Mirabelli thinks that Hakan Calhanoglu is a fantastic player that AC Milan will miss a lot.

Theo Hernandez

  • Full name: Theo Bernard François Hernandez

  • Date of birth: 6 October 1997 (age 24)

  • Place of birth: Marseille, France

  • Height: 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)

  • Position(s): Left-back

2020/21 season has been the most successful year of the 24 – year – old left back's career. He was unquestionably one of the

best Milan players in 2021

, by featuring in 33 Serie A games, scoring 7 goals and providing 5 assists.

His goals were mostly very decisive and brought some important points for the club. Moreover, he also played 7 games in the Europa League within which he scored 1 goal as well as providing 2 assists, but that was not enough to prevent the club's elimination in the round of 16 by Man United.

The French defender has not only done his duty in defense perfectly, but he is also a great contribution to the attacking side, and with regard to his age, AC Milan fans can rely on him to guarantee the left back position for years.

In 2019, AC Milan completed the purchase of

Theo Hernandez

. The Real Madrid defender signed a 5-year contract with the Rossoneri.

Hernandez was very close to joining Bayer Leverkusen but Maldini’s intervention changed his mind. The Rossoneri legend convinced Theo on Elliot’s project offering him a starring role in the new AC Milan. The left back was so impressed by Maldini that he decided to reject offers from Leverkusen and Napoli and join AC Milan instead.

Franck Kessie

  • Full name: Franck Yannick Kessié

  • Date of birth: 19 December 1996 (age 24)

  • Place of birth: Ouragahio, Ivory Coast

  • Height: 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)

  • Position(s): Midfielder

The 24 – year – old defensive midfielder was the heartbeat of AC Milan's squad in 2020/21 season. He took part in 37 Serie A games (out of 38), scored 13 goals and provided 4 assists.

Frank Kessie

gets involved in the battles over the possession of the ball very often, hence was booked a yellow card 8 times.

Furthermore, the Ivorian player featured in 8 Europa League games for the club. However, they couldn't proceed more than to the round of 16 where they were eliminated by Manchester United.

Additionally, after Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed a number of penalties, Kessie became the club's first penalty taker, his conversion rate has been very good so far.

In 2017, AC Milan announced the signing of midfielder Kessie from

Atalanta

on a two-year loan deal, with an obligation to buy.

The Ivory Coast international had won huge praise for his performances for Atalanta in 2016-17 as he had registered six goals and four assists in 30 league appearances.

The Ivorian started his career with minnows Stella Club, before being picked up by Serie A side Atalanta in 2015.

Simon Kjaer

  • Full name: Simon Thorup Kjær

  • Date of birth: 26 March 1989 (age 32)

  • Place of birth: Horsens, Denmark

  • Height: 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)

  • Position(s): Centre-back

Denmark national team's captain has been the pivotal element in AC Milan's defensive system since his arrival to San Siro in the January of 2020.

His vital role in helping the club finishing the 2020/21 Serie A in the 2nd place, hence qualifying for the UCL, is undeniable. Kjaer made a total of 120 clearances and won 42 interceptions.

Having averaged 4.3 clearances per match, Kjaer was the second best player of the season only behind Omar Colley with 4.6 clearances/ match.  He also played in 7 Europa League games for the Rossoneri and scored 1 goal.

In 2020, The Danish player signed a contract with AC Milan until 30 June 2022. Milan announced that the club hadexercised its option to purchase

Simon Kjær

on a permanent basis from Sevilla FC. The contract expires on 30 June 2022.

The Denmark captain was the one who came to

Christian Eriksen

’s assistance when he suffered a cardiac arrest.

Jordan Henderson told reporters that Kjaer has “the respect and admiration of everyone in football” for the part he played in saving teammate Christian Eriksen’s life.

Davide Calabria

  • Full name: Davide Calabria

  • Date of birth: 6 December 1996 (age 24)

  • Place of birth: Brescia, Italy

  • Height: 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)

  • Position(s): Full-back

And another unexpected player on the list of the

AC Milan best players in Squad 2020/2021

is their right back

Davide Calabria

.

The 24 – year – old player played in 32 Serie A matches for them, scoring 2 goals and providing 1 assist. Although the said numbers are not impressing, he was very successful in accomplishing his defensive duties, where with performing 2.0 tackles per match, he was by far the best player of the league in that matter, with his nearest competitor having won only 1.4 successful tackles per match.

AC Milan defender signed a new contract with Rossoneri that will keep him at the club until June 2025. He has been at the club since he was 10 years old in 2007 and now he has the chance to still be with Milan until he is at least 28.

It took the 24-year-old longer than many expected to finally cement himself as an important starter for Milan, but over the 2020/21 season, he became the first-choice right back. Calabria’s pathway to the starting eleven was complicated.

“I went through a tough period, I had to get out of it by myself. I had to roll up my sleeves and work,” said Calabria in an interview. “I had some calls but Milan never questioned me. Having players who have grown up in the youth sector is important for the club. It’s essential for the club to have players who know what San Siro and Milanello mean.”

Ante Rebic

  • Full name: Ante Rebić

  • Date of birth: 21 September 1993 (age 27)

  • Place of birth: Split, Croatia

  • Height: 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)

  • Position(s): Winger, second striker

The Croatian attacker was definitely one of the best Milan players in 2021, even though he had not been being trusted by the manager until near the middle of the season.

Ante Rebic

played in 27 Serie A games – only 20 as a starter- and scored 11 goals anyway.

He also provided 4 assists for his teammates. He added a further 2 assists to his stats in his 5 Europa League appearances. At the end of the season, which had not started well for him, Rebic had become one of the most pivotal players and he is now regarded as one of the

top AC Milan players in 2021

.

Stefano Pioli will most certainly count on him for the upcoming season, in which the Rossoneri is back to the UEFA Champions League, and so many big games lie ahead of them.

In 2020, the Croatia striker permanently joined AC Milan on a five-year deal from Eintracht Frankfurt following a successful spell on loan at San Siro.

The striker had been one of the top performers for the Rossoneri the previous season especially in the second half of the season where he managed to score 12 goals and provided 4 assists in all competitions.

Ante Rebic once was given a two-game ban for calling a referee's mother a "prostitute"! The Croatian was incensed by a decision in the Rossoneri's 1-0 defeat to

Napoli

and promptly insulted Fabrizio Pasqua, the man in the middle.

He was immediately shown a straight red card in the 92nd minute but the Disciplinary Commission decided to give the former Eintracht Frankfurt man a two-game ban for his comments.

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