This topic arose recently when I was having a conversation with my friend who loves Serie A we discussed a player like Maldini who was 17 when he started playing at our rivals team.
I began to wonder what happened to all the legendary defender? and why are we not seeing players like this come through the academies now in days?
I can not think of one youngster in any Serie A team who has a defender between the ages of 17-19 ready to start.
If I am not mistaken the most talented youngster people are talking about is Daniele Rugiani who plays at Empoli is 20 years old and is owned by Juventus. (Im sure browha can help me here)
The legendary names of the past such as: (and this is no particular order some of which I have taken from bleacher report)
the players with * played at Inter at some point in their careers.
Inters history is so rich with defenders I didnt even mention Matrix one of my own favorites! It makes me sad to know how the art of defending and the legendary Italian defenders of the past no longer exist in Serie A today
What do you guys think about this subject?