Alessio Romagnoli Saga Shows Diminishing Powers of AC Milan's Adriano Galliani

Defense has been AC Milan's bugaboo for a long time. The team has a long line of defensive legends in its modern history, starting at Franco Baresi and moving through Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Costacurta and Alessandro Nesta.

After Nesta and Maldini moved to the margins Thiago Silva took up the mantle and turned into one of the best center-backs in the world. But when Silva was sold to PSG in 2012—the first real sign that Milan were in financial distress—that tradition collapsed. The...

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