AC Milan have an extremely proud history. The Italians have won seven Champions Leagues, as well as 18 Serie A titles and five Italian Cups. In short, Milan are used to winning. But they have fallen out of the habit lately.
Barring Italian Super Cup wins in 2012 and 2017, it has been a barren stretch for Milan. They have not won the league for nine years and have been absent from the Champions League for seven years.
But, Milan have some fantastic young talent in their squad, not least the likes of Gianluigi Donnarumma (21) and Theo Hernández (23). But there are also a number of ageing players in the Milan dressing room, including Zlatan Ibrahimović (39) and Pepe Reina (38).
In truth, it’s fair to say Milan are still a fair distance away from the heights of previous eras. But the foundations are perhaps in place for a renewed period of success for Milan.
Read on for a list of AC Milan’s best players on FIFA 21, with a table featuring the rest of Milan’s players organised by their overall rating located at the foot of the article.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (OVR 85)
Best Position: GK
Weak Foot: 3
Best Attributes: 89 Goalkeeper Diving, 89 Goalkeeper Reflexes, 83 Goalkeeper Positioning
Still just 21, it is incredible to think that Gianluigi Donnarumma has already played four full seasons in goal for AC Milan, notching up 207 appearances for the club. When he made his debut for the Rossoneri aged 16, he was the second youngest goalkeeper ever to play in Serie A.
Six months later, he became the youngest ever goalkeeper to play for Italy when he won his first cap aged only 17. Clearly then, the future is extremely bright for Donnarumma, who is already touted as one of the best young goalkeepers in the game.
It is widely expected that Donnarumma will establish himself as one of the world’s best in the future. With Buffon nearing retirement, Donnarumma will soon have a concrete target if he seeks to break the Juventus shot-stopper’s records of appearances and clean sheets in Serie A.
On FIFA 21, Donnarumma is almost the complete keeper. His GK kicking ability is subpar at 76, but his GK diving (89) and GK reflexes (89) allow him to stretch to each corner of the goal. His GK handling (81) and GK positioning (83), meanwhile, ensure he’ll be in the right place to make the save more often than not.
Zlatan Ibrahimović (OVR 83)
Best Position: ST
Skill Moves: 5-Star
Best Attributes: 91 Positioning, 90 Shot Power, 90 Composure
Few players in world sport are immediately recognisable just from their first name. But Zlatan Ibrahimović is one of those players. He remains an iconic figure, supremely confident in his ability and continues to defy the passage of time.
Now 39, Zlatan is still scoring goals regularly in one of the best leagues in Europe. Indeed, bar an injury-plagued season in 2016/17, Ibrahimović has scored at least ten goals for his club in every season since 2007.
Twice in his career, he has netted at a rate of more than a goal a game in the league, scoring 38 goals in 31 games for PSG in 2015/16 and 30 goals in 29 games for LA Galaxy in 2019. That he is continuing to score with such regularity so late into his 30’s is an astonishing feat.
Ibrahimović is the definition of a powerful striker. His strength (87), shot power (90) and aggression (84) show how he can impact a game with his physicality. He is also adept at getting into great attacking positions (91), whilst his finishing (86) and composure (90) make him clinical when presented with a chance.
Alessio Romagnoli (OVR 83)
Best Position: CB
Skill Moves: 4-Star
Best Attributes: 88 Marking, 86 Interceptions, 86 Standing Tackle
Romagnoli has spent the last five years at Milan, having previously played for Roma and Sampdoria. He was a consistent presence in central defence for Milan last season, playing 35 games, scoring a goal and providing one assist.
He is a ball playing centre back, adept with the ball at his feet, and is often able to get his team out of a difficult situation by playing out from the back. His composure and availability to receive the ball under pressure make him a real asset as a defender.
What Romagnoli lacks in speed (72), he more than makes up for defensively. His ability to intercept (86) the ball, mark (88) the opposing players and put in both standing (86) and sliding tackles (82) at a make him a tough defender to get the better of. He also seeks to defend proactively, with 85 aggression.
Simon Kjaer (OVR 80)
Best Position: CB
Skill Moves: 2-Star
Best Attributes: 82 Interceptions, 82 Aggression, 82 Standing Tackle
Since leaving FC Midtjylland in 2008, Kjaer has played in Germany, France, Spain, Turkey and Italy. He has a wealth of experience in Serie A, having played for Roma, Atalanta, and now AC Milan. Kjaer has also played regular international football. He made his Denmark debut in 2009 and has accumulated nearly 100 caps in 10 years.
Kjaer has many defensive statistics that reflect his overall rating, but few outstanding attributes. Marking (81), standing tackle (82), sliding tackle (78) and interceptions (82) are all to be expected of an 80-rated central defender. However, Kjaer’s shot power is notable, with a rating of 78.
Theo Hernández (OVR 80)
Best Position: LB
Skill Moves: 3-Star
Best Attributes: 93 Sprint Speed, 90 Acceleration, 80 Crossing
Hernández moved from Real Madrid in the summer of 2019 after impressing on loan at Real Sociedad. Last year, he scored six goals and created five assists for Milan playing as a left back. That put him second on goals and assists combined amongst defenders in Serie A last season.
Hernández is the archetypal modern full back, with great attacking instincts that regularly see him cause havoc in the opposition half. His physicality and power allow him to breeze past players without being knocked off the ball.
Hernandez’s physical attributes currently outweigh his defensive attributes, although at 23, he looks to be a potentially world-class defender in the future. His acceleration (90) and sprint speed (93) make him dangerous charging up and down the flanks.
However, defensively there is undeniably significant room for improvement. Neither his marking (72), standing tackle (78), sliding tackle (79) nor interceptions (69) are above par for a player with an overall rating of 80.
All of the best Milan Players in FIFA 21
In the table below are the all the best Milan players on FIFA 21 sorted by overall ability.
|Gianluigi Donnarumma||85||GK||21||89 Goalkeeper Diving, 89 Goalkeeper Reflexes, 83 Goalkeeper Positioning||Italy|
|Zlatan Ibrahimović||83||ST||39||91 Positioning, 90 Shot Power, 90 Composure||Sweden|
|Alessio Romagnoli||83||CB||25||88 Marking, 86 Interceptions, 86 Standing Tackle||Italy|
|Simon Kjaer||80||CB||31||82 Interceptions, 82 Aggression, 82 Standing Tackle||Denmark|
|Giacomo Bonaventura||80||CM||31||86 Long Shots, 85 Ball Control, 84 Shot Power||Italy|
|Theo Hernández||80||LB||23||93 Sprint Speed, 90 Acceleration, 80 Crossing||France|
|Pepe Reina||79||GK||38||80 Goalkeeper Kicking, 80 Goalkeeper Positioning, 79 Goalkeeper Handling||Spain|
|Hakan Çalhanoglu||79||LW||26||92 Curve, 88 Long Shots, 86 Free Kick Accuracy||Turkey|
|Samu Castillejo||79||RM||25||84 Acceleration, 82 Ball Control, 82 Dribbling||Spain|
|Ante Rebić||79||ST||27||91 Sprint Speed, 85 Shot Power, 84 Acceleration||Croatia|
|Mateo Musacchio||78||CB||30||83 Interceptions, 83 Marking, 83 Standing Tackle||Argentina|
|Ciprian Tãtãrusanu||78||GK||34||80 Goalkeeper Reflexes, 79 Goalkeeper Diving, 77 Goalkeeper Positioning||Romania|
|Lucas Biglia||77||CDM||34||82 Short Passing, 80 Ball Control, 80 Composure||Italy|