According to Fikayo Tomori, Paolo Maldini is the Lionel Messi of defenders, who is ready to please the Milan legend. Fikayo Tomori wants to please Milan legend Paolo Maldini as much as any striker wants to impress Lionel Messi.
The on-loan Chelsea defender is ready to make an impact at San Siro, where Maldini, generally regarded as the best defender of all time, acts as technical director.
Maldini’s illustrious career included seven Serie A champions and five European Cups, as well as 126 Italy caps. And, according to Tomori, Maldini’s accomplishments put him on par with Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.
“Seeing Maldini as technical director is like having Messi as a sports director for a striker,” the 23-year-old explained to La Gazzetta Dello Sport.
“Every day, you want to please him.”
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Milan has the opportunity to purchase Tomori, and he has established himself in the Italian top flight in general, with Serie A having a steep learning curve.